The Bell Jar

"She lives the poetry she cannot write" – Wilde

A Valentine from the river

Valentine’s Day – or, as we call it in our family, “Simon’s birthday”. Consider love, dear reader: the biggest, baggiest and most baggage-laden word in our lovely language.¬†Who expresses it … Continue reading

February 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Submitting to journals: the Jo Bell method

  I’ve spent some time lately with poetry journal editors – and also with the poor poetic beggars who, like me, send off work to them. It’s struck me anew … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · 32 Comments

52 – the books!

After 52 weeks of blisteringly good creative input and output, my 52 project ends with the last hours of 2014. It’s been such a success that we wanted to commemorate … Continue reading

December 30, 2014 · 4 Comments

The first freeze

  This is what we call ‘cat ice’ – probably because it’s just thick enough to support a foolish cat…. for a while anyway. It came in the night and … Continue reading

December 13, 2014 · 7 Comments

Mistletoe and (hopefully) wine

Just a quick one to announce what I like to call my World Tour of Small But Perfectly Formed Venues With Fabulous People Next Week: Monday 8th December, I’m in … Continue reading

December 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

An Announcement

It’s been a bloody long time coming and it’s not here yet – but my second collection will be published in spring 2015 by Nine Arches Press. Why Nine Arches? … Continue reading

November 20, 2014 · 11 Comments

A letter to Nicky Morgan

Here’s what our education secretary said recently at a conference to promote science and technology learning. Here’s my reply. Dear Ms Morgan – I left school in 1986. I did … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · 62 Comments

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