I’m Bella Qvist. I’m a freelance writer, editor, videographer and Swede living in London.
I am the Travel Editor at DIVA Magazine, Europe’s best selling magazine for lesbian and bisexual women, and I am the Chair of E.D.E.N Film Productions, a social enterprise working to educate and campaign around diversity and equality issues.
I am Deputy Editor of VisitSwedenLGBT.co.uk and I contribute to a range of publications including DIVA Magazine, the Guardian, the Observer, Grazia, VICE, The Huffington Post, Music OMH and Scan Magazine. I run YouTube channel Backstage With Bella and you can hear me chatting on BBC Radio Sheffield from time to time.
My areas of expertise include LGBT and women’s issues, travel, language, Swedish and British lifestyle, social media, YouTube, online trends, sustainable business, children’s rights, food, coffee (I’m a former barista) and music; from heavy metal (I used to edit one of Sweden’s biggest heavy metal sites!) to the Eurovision Song Contest. It is my dream to one day do the live Eurovision commentary (move over Graham Norton!).
My work has been published by
Guardian TV & Radio
Guardian Sustainable Business
Guardian Comment is Free
The Huffington Post
Out News Global
Out In The City Magazine
The Most Cake
I have contributed to the following books
Counterculture UK- a celebration (2015)
I wrote the final chapter: YOUTUBE and SOCIAL MEDIA – A new platform
I have appeared on
BBC 5 Live
BBC Look North
ITV Calendar News
BBC The Mark Forrest Show
BBC Radio Sheffield The Toby Foster Show
BBC Radio Sheffield with Rony Robinson
BBC Radio Sheffield with Paulette Edwards
Public speaking engagements include
The London School of Economics (2015) – panel speaker
The University of Sheffield (2015) – alumni advisor
YouTube meet-up Rosweglyn (2014) – host
Awards and Nominations
Media Moment Winner – E.D.E.N Film Productions (2017) South Yorkshire LGBT Awards
LGBT Role Model (2015) The University of Sheffield
Purple List Nominee (2015) Biscuit Magazine
When I’m not working you’ll most likely find me running, travelling, fika-ing or chilling out at home with my girlfriend and our cat.
Want to work with me? Get in touch.