The Bell Jar: Jo Bell's blog

"She lives the poetry she cannot write" – Wilde

Absent friends

Acknowledging the people who shaped us, can sometimes mean admitting to big cracks in the fabric they worked on.

April 11, 2015 · 4 Comments

Feeling bookish

A poet should be in the business of windows, not chandeliers. I want to look through a poem, not at it, to see the world more clearly.

April 5, 2015 · 10 Comments

A Chant Against Procrastination

This is for anyone who, like me, finds that they have inexplicably avoided every item on their To Do List at the end of the day.

March 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

It’s a Spring Thing

Suddenly Spring gets off its arse, puts on its best green outfit, throws lambs and crocuses about as if they were going out of style, puts an Instagram filter on the hills and comes up looking like the credits for a Technicolour film.

March 20, 2015 · 4 Comments

Kith – reading dates

Dear, strangely attractive reader – I have a new book out.

March 4, 2015 · 3 Comments

A Valentine from the river

Consider love, dear reader: the biggest, baggiest and most baggage-laden word in our lovely language.

February 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Submitting to journals: the Jo Bell method

Does this system work? Well, it is now taught by the Open University as part of their Creative Writing MA.

January 8, 2015 · 42 Comments