"She lives the poetry she cannot write" – Wilde
Nowadays all my event listings are on Facebook, where you can follow me even if we aren’t Facebook friends, and on Twitter @Jo_Bell. I post a great deal of information about poetry competitions, events and news as well as my own events. I don’t update this page frequently but here are a few highlights from coming weeks and months:
Fri 16th Sept – Kenilworth Arts Festival, Warwickshire. Delighted to be on the bill with lively, entertaining and intelligent voices as part of this new festival – Clare Trevien, Luke Kennard, Jonathan Edwards, Sarah Howe and our host David Morley. 7.30pm at the Talisman Theatre. Details here.
Sat 17th September – Still in Kenilworth, I’m running my highly successful ’52 Ways to Write a Poem’ workshop from 10.00-1.00. Book here.
Mon 19th/ Tuesday 20th September– At Stratford-upon-Avon railway station for two days’ residency (yes, really). I’m one of ten poets who have been, er, stationed around the town in different locations, to collect material and write new work. Come and say hello. Talk to me about your journeys and your experience of Bardsville. Throw me a bun.
Sat 24th September – Back in Stratford upon Avon for the Unexpected Encounters showcase performance, in which poets including me, Gregory Leadbetter and Roy McFarlane reveal the new work generated last week during our residencies.
Thurs 29th September – Sun 2nd October – I’m really very pleased to be poet in residence for the Jersey Festival of Words. Join my poetry writing workshop at one of the oldest buildings in the world, La Hougue Bie or hear me in conversation with Tania Hershman, admired short-form writer. There are plenty of other workshops, readings and interviews with writers as varied as Michael Moorcock and Alison Weir – have a look at the programme.
Mon 10th October – Winchester, reading at Loose Muse. More details soon.
Tues 11th – I’ll be at the Manchester Cathedral Poetry Prize ceremony, having judged the competition earlier this year. Come and hear the winning poets read.
Weds 12th – Join us at Birmingham’s Waterstones, at 6pm for the launch of Gregory Leadbetter’s new Nine Arches collection The Fetch. I’ll be reading, as will Angela France, in support of Greg’s debut collection.
Thursday 20th October – Manchester Literature Festival, a presentation of Powerlines – work generated by writing groups across Salford, with help from writers Stephen May, David Gaffney, myself and graphic artist Darryl Cunningham. More details soon.
Monday 24th – In Greenwich I’m reading at the Cutty Sark, alongside Bridget Minamore and other readers as part of an event called She Tells Sea Tales. Book here.
Thursday 27th – In London at Waterstones Piccadilly, reading as part of Jill Abram’s new Stablemates series. This one showcases poets published by Nine Arches Press – come along to hear me, Rishi Dastidar and Isobel Dixon representing our brilliant publisher.
Mon 31st-Sat 5th Nov – At The Hurst in Shropshire I’ll be leading a tutored retreat for the Arvon Foundation. These courses and breaks have been the making of many a poet, and we hope it will be a particularly fruitful week for those joining me, John Greening and guest poet Niall Campbell. Details here.
Fri 18th November – Reading at Trent & Mersey Canal Society, partly as a poet and partly in my former incarnation as an industrial archaeologist.
To book me for a reading, workshop, panel talk or mentoring (by application), drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org. Sorry, but I don’t comment on unsolicited poems. xxx