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Rangefinder article on photographer Adam Duckworth

Steve Orme has been involved in the media for the past 40 years. Starting as a junior reporter on the Burton Daily Mail, he covered news and sport at a district office in south Derbyshire. He then reported on the paper’s top football club Burton Albion before pursuing his interest in music.

Steve answered an advert in Melody Maker from a fledgling record company looking for new acts. He got the Wolverhampton group Fable signed to Magnet Records and this led to a job in the company’s press and promotions department.

Later Steve freelanced for the New Musical Express and became chief sub-editor on the music paper Record Mirror before returning to the East Midlands and becoming a freelance journalist.

Work followed on BBC local radio, national radio and regional television. At that time Steve took a massive interest in basketball, commentating on radio and working on both Channel 4 and Sky’s basketball programmes. He also wrote and published Chasing A Dream, a book about the history of basketball in Derby.

Now Steve continues to write for the media in all its forms. He wrote the script for The Shakespeare Enigma, a television documentary about the Shakespeare authorship controversy; is the Midlands reporter for the British Theatre Guide website, reviewing productions and writing a weekly news page about Midlands theatre; contributes to American photography magazine Rangefinder and was a runner-up in the Alibi TV Search for a New Crime Writer Competition 2011. His entry Running Into Trouble can be read here.

Steve wrote a panto for staff at BBC TV’s East Midlands Today to perform on Children in Need night 2010 and now has several projects he is working on including a murder mystery which is expected to be staged by the Marlowe Players.

Des Coleman

Des Coleman

Gwen Taylor

Country Images magazine has commissioned Steve to pen articles on celebrities including Robin Cousins; Derbyshire actress Gwen Taylor;  Hayley Mills; ex-BBC weatherman and singer Des Coleman; and Barry Cryer.