Welcome To My World

Mrs SVJ is full of my Sharp Views, Arts Reviews, and Community 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, 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 regular Style of the City columnist, and Barry Magazine contributor.

An award-winning queer activist, dedicated community supporter and passionate arts lover, I am also, a founding member of LGBTQymru. Chair of #TheGlovesAreOn Charity, Media Lead for Cadstock Music Festival. And a strong supporter of the Vale’s Stand Up to Racism Group.

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 opinions pieces include:

Sue’s Views: focusing on our beautiful Barry, and beyond, hot topics – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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.

Turf Tales is more news than views. This section of the site publicises some of the movers and shakers in Barry. Those locals living it large, fighting for fairness. And 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: sharing the Shop Local ethos to promote the bold businesses excellently serving our lovely local community – often when fighting fierce competition and facing tough trading times.

Finally the Guest Blogs area highlights the many other talented writers, journos and bloggers we have in our town, and around.

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 here 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 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.

Speak soon


#Barry’s Boldest Blogger