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, I’m an editor, journo, blogger and communications specialist – with a passion to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything I do.
I’m honoured to be one of Wales Arts Review 100 Women Writers of Wales, a Voice of the Community columnist for Style of the City print and digital publication, and an occasional Barry Magazine contributor.
An award-winning queer activist, dedicated community supporter and passionate arts lover, I often combine my campaigning and communication skills to make that crucial difference.
I am Media Advisor for the Cadstock Community Music Festival, and the Annual Neil Lewis Fundraising Gig. And have also been actively involved in many campaigns and community causes. These include Gobaith’s Suicide Support Centre Fight, and Save Sam’s Ward.
Writing as Mrs SVJ, I’ll try to keep you informed, entertained and inspired with my Sharp Views, Arts Reviews, and Community News.
It’s not all about me though, it’s all about we.
As Barry’s Boldest Blogger, I want to offer my opinion and share my stories on all the things I am 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.
My site 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: The reboot of my much-loved infamous B&D opinion column from back in the day. And focusing on the hot topics we are all talking about in beautiful Barry, and beyond – the good, the bad, the ugly.
Gig Girl Reviews: showing that the world is wider than just our town by writing about the gigs, the films, the theatre, the exhibitions, and all things arty – all through the eyes of a local girl done good.
Queer 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.
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.
And Trade Talks: the sharing of the Shop Local ethos to promote our bold businesses – especially those excellently serving our lush local community.
Finally Guest Blogs highlights the many other talented writers, journos and bloggers we have in our town, and around – so please support this space too.
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.
Big thanks to my loyal readers for letting me indulge my prolific passion for 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.
Sue Vincent-Jones, writing as Mrs SVJ, is a Barry born journalist, editor, and communications specialist. She blogs about Barry – and her life in the wider world, through the eyes of a, quirky and queer, local girl done good.