"She lives the poetry she cannot write" – Wilde
Kind of you to ask. You may have arrived here because of this advert:
I do other things too. I write commissions and build events for organisations like the National Trust, Canal and River Trust, Stratford Poetry Festival and Glastonbury Festival. I work with Women’s Aid. I teach courses of my own, and am a tutor for The Poetry School, Poetry Society and Arvon Foundation, helping poets to develop their work at any stage. I do private mentoring for poets who have already been writing for a while, and want to push themselves further.
I write about poetry, canals and heritage for publications like Heritage magazine and Country Walking. I sometimes appear on BBC Radio 4, for instance with my long docupoem Slow Machine, or on 6 Music Live (Midweek, Poetry Please, Radcliffe & Maconie). I build global projects like Bugged and 52, using social media to build virtual villages for writing.
What don’t I do? I don’t read unsolicited poetry and comment on it. I don’t work in schools, because large groups of children terrify me. I don’t work for free (do you?) But if you want to talk to me about a new project – or you don’t quite know what you want, but it might possibly be a poet – drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was awarded an honorary doctorate for services to poetry in autumn 2015, and won a Saboteur Award for the 52 project in the same year. For a constant stream of poetry news, jobs and articles, find me on Facebook or on Twitter @Jo_Bell.