The Bell Jar: Jo Bell's blog

"She lives the poetry she cannot write" – Wilde

Poem for a friend

Ann’s house The range is lit, and in the kitchen we are talking about men and things that matter. In the window there are cherries in a dish, and winter. … Continue reading

May 1, 2012 · 1 Comment

Strong hearts, run free

Ahoy me hearties. This is record-breakingly close to the wire – posting five minutes before midnight! I have had, dear chums, a day so crammed with meetings and so forth … Continue reading

April 6, 2012 · 3 Comments

From sea to shining sea

Either I was nice to someone in a previous life, or I’m due a spell of bloody awful luck soon. Last week, I was paddling in the North Sea during … Continue reading

March 27, 2011

We shall write them on the beaches…

Was it only last week that we didn’t know the election result? By Tuesday, when I was in Blackpool for a meeting, I wouldn’t have been surprised to hear that … Continue reading

May 15, 2010 · 3 Comments

Holiday? I need a rest

Remember that Gary Larson cartoon where the schoolboy puts up his hand and says ‘Please sir…. my brain is full’? I know how he felt. Last week was taken up … Continue reading

February 27, 2010