The Bell Jar: Jo Bell's blog

"She lives the poetry she cannot write" – Wilde

NaPoWriMo – the end is nigh

The quantity may have dropped off, but the quality of poems being written in response to my prompts on Facebook and Twitter remains humbling. I love developing new ones that … Continue reading

April 26, 2013 · 4 Comments

What will survive of us?

According to Larkin, of course, what will survive of us is love. At Wiltshire Museum, where I ran a workshop yesterday, the artefacts seemed to suggest something different; what will … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

NaPoWriMo Week 2

Ahoy folks. There has, inevitably, been a huge falling off in the number of people writing a poem a day for National Poetry Writing Month – but my cockles are … Continue reading

April 15, 2013 · 8 Comments

NaPoWriMo prompts – week one

Several of you have written in response to my NaPoWriMo prompts and shared the results on blogs or Facebook posts. I am chuffed to bits. As I hoped, they have … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · 6 Comments

NaPoWriMo. And whelks.

Those bally American chaps have some good poetry initiatives. One is Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 18th. I’ve set up a Facebook page to encourage people in the UK to … Continue reading

April 1, 2013 · 16 Comments

Absent friends

Folks, I am on my annual writers’ retreat in Anglesey. The sun is shining and it’s been an amazing time of creating and catching up. But one of our number … Continue reading

March 20, 2013 · 2 Comments

We shall write them on the barricades

Dinner party conversation? Is this how we judge the importance of poetry?

February 7, 2013 · 5 Comments