Welcome To My World

Mrs SVJ is full of my sharp views, arts reviews, and queer news

Welcome to my world, a beautiful place where life is always adventurous, sometimes surreal, occasionally unconventional but never ever (ever!) boring.

I have the pictures…and the scars, to prove it.

As my bog standard social media bio says: Award-winning Queer Activist, Role Model, Charity Chair, Pride Ambassador.

Editor, journo, blogger. Runner, rambler, boxer. Cinephile, bibliophile, Gig Girl, comedy genius.

And on the #IWD2020, Wales Arts Review List of 100 Women Writers of Wales, who will “keep you informed, entertained and inspired on social media’s premier platform.”


But… that that is exactly what I will blog, and write, about here – my passions, my communities, my world.

It’s not all about me though, it’s all about we.

I want to offer my opinion and share my stories on all the the things I am so lucky enough to be able to do – the fabulous places I go, the brilliant people I meet, and the stunning stuff I see.

I may hit the keyboard with my, mostly, perfectly manicured fingernails, but it’s the people I share my space with who make it so worthy, wonderful, and occasionally wild.

Barry’s Boldest Blogger, writing as Mrs SVJ, is packed full of views, news and reviews, and is my take on the communities we work, rest and play in.

My Blogs include:

Sue’s Views: focusing on the hot topics we are all talking about in beautiful Barry – the good, the bad, the ugly…and everything in between.

Gig Girl Reviews: showing the world beyond Barry through the eyes of a local girl done good – the gigs, the films, the theatre, the exhibitions, and all things arty.

Queer Sphere News: waxing lyrical about the volunteer work I do in my LGBT life – the places I go, the difference I make, and the issues I face.

And Trade Talks: sharing the Shop Local ethos to promote our bold businesses – especially those excellently serving our lovely local community

Turf Tales is mash up of news and views. This section of the site publicises some of the movers and shakers in Barry – those locals who are putting our very own stomping ground firmly on the map.

This includes Campaign, and Community pieces that shine the editorial spotlight on those friends, fighters, and kick ass campaigners who have the faith that we can really make that crucial difference in this world.

Finally Guest Blogs highlights the many other talented writers, journos and bloggers we have in our town, and around – so please watch this space.

So basically this is the place where I can make my creative contribution to helping showcase all our terrific town, and around, has to offer.

Where I can publish my thoughts, views and lived-in experiences to entertain, educate, inform. And to help those who help others.

I also love sharing my skills to help individuals, charities, community groups, and businesses, to promote their cause, campaign, product or project.

I am steering well clear of my profession, my private life, politics with a capital P, and, unlike my much-loved polemic Julie Burchill, I will in no way be overtly controversial.

Any views are my own, and not the views, thoughts or ideas of anyone else.

So please feel free to check out my site on a regular basis – like, share, and maybe even get involved.

And please do get in touch if you have any news, views, campaign, controversies, businesses or ventures you’d like me to take a look at.

Find out more about me, my blogging business, and how to hit me up, here.

Big thanks to my loyal readers for letting me indulge my passion for prolific writing, and to those trailblazers who have given me the chance to tell their tales.

I’m well happy – alive, grateful, blessed and all that.

Speak soon.



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