The Bell Jar: Jo Bell's blog

"She lives the poetry she cannot write" – Wilde

Pocket full of poems

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

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May 12, 2016 · 8 Comments

Jo Bell’s Always There Awards #7

She was already on my list of eight, when I asked the Facefolk who they would nominate. Her name came up time and time again.

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 #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 · 3 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

Jo Bell’s Always There Awards

British poetry has blossomed recently with a whole host of awards and prizes. For those who like to grumble and sniff at these, just think how hard it is to … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · 10 Comments