The Bell Jar: Jo Bell's blog

"She lives the poetry she cannot write" – Wilde

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Films and images

Here’s me, reading at Manchester’s Poets & Players event. The audience were expecting Alice Oswald, but she was stranded by floods so they got me and Grevel Lindop instead.

FILM: Film artist Alastair Cook made an atmospheric short film of my towpath poemPhilosophy (based on the quote from Goethe which ends it).

Lifted - a print by Eric Gaskell using some words from the poem

Alastair has also filmed my lock poem Lifted, read recently on Radio 4’s Poetry Please and Midweek programmes – see it here.

You can download a print of Lifted, with artwork by wonderful linocut artist Eric Gaskell (left). It costs £5 from Eric’s site, found here.

Here’s a short recording of a poem about The Three Ships, which stand on Birchen Edge/Gardom’s Edge above the Robin Hood Inn in the Derbyshire Peak District.

There is plenty of room for smut and silliness in poetry so here is a little poem called Coming which does what it says on the tin – and a very short one called Muse which appears in the recent Penguin anthology The Poetry of Sex.

Finally, here’s a new video of me offering up my great wisdom on the subject of ‘permission’ for poets. This is courtesy of the good people at Pangaea Poetry, who are exploring new ways to help people create poetry.

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