The Bell Jar

"She lives the poetry she cannot write" – Wilde

Jo Bell’s Always There Awards #8

The last of my big yellow blobs goes to someone who sits at the centre of British poetry, and especially of English poetry. Actually she never just sits there, she … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · 3 Comments

Jo Bell’s Always There Awards #7

Today’s winner of the yellow blob – given to those who encourage, who facilitate, who help British poetry to stand on its strongest legs and to flourish to its full … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

Jo Bell’s Always There Awards #6

Of the four women in my Always There Awards, three are Scottish-born or working in Scottish poetry. Why? Just accident. But the Scottish scene is particularly vibrant, rich (and so … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · 4 Comments

Jo Bell’s Always There Awards #5

Today’s big yellow blob goes to someone who is not short of awards. Even if it existed in real life, she would not be able to find room for it … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · 3 Comments

Jo Bell’s Always There Awards #4

Deep in the bowels of the Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham, is the secret weapon of the West Midlands and the UK writing scene. Who is this meek, mild-mannered man … Continue reading

May 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Jo Bell’s Always There Awards #3

Small publishers? Yawn. How we tire of hearing about their heroism, their hard work. Well, damn right. They are heroic and they are hard working and we should thank the … Continue reading

May 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

Jo Bell’s Always There Awards #2

The second of my big yellow blobs goes to someone who, with his team, has done this to British poetry until it woke up rather startled, and shown it how … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · Leave a comment
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