The Bell Jar: Jo Bell's blog

"She lives the poetry she cannot write" – Wilde

The currency of kindness: working for Nationwide

Sometimes when you’re commissioned to write a poem,┬áit’s a mixed blessing. Poetry isn’t copywriting; if you can’t believe in the thing you’re writing about, it will sound fake. In poetry … Continue reading

Featured · 10 Comments

Tiller girl

If you had to choose one artefact from your old house as a memento for your new one, what would it be?

June 28, 2016 · 4 Comments

The Slow Machine

‘Can you write a half-hour ‘docupoem’ about your life on the canals?’ said Mair Bosworth, the BBC producer. Yes, I thought. Of course I can. Piece of cake. Easy.

Reader, it wasn’t easy.

June 11, 2016 · 5 Comments

Pocket full of poems

As Socrates so nearly said, the unexamined handbag is not worth carrying.

May 12, 2016 · 8 Comments

Valentine’s Day Poesie

Happy Valentine’s Day. Or as we know it in our family, Simon’s birthday. Or as you may call it, the Festival of Unusually Expensive Flowers.

February 13, 2016

‘Tis the year’s midnight….

Light a candle, light a fire and read these two Nocturnes to brighten the evening.

December 21, 2015 · 3 Comments

Jo Bell’s Rules for Poetry

Rules are made to be broken and you may be an innovator, a wild-card, a genius.

But probably not.

October 30, 2015 · 5 Comments