The Bell Jar: Jo Bell's blog

"She lives the poetry she cannot write" – Wilde

Strange girls and poetry challenges

This strange girl, at least, was born to tell YOU what you missed this year in the world of poetry. Stand by for a mammoth blog, as I announce the … Continue reading

December 22, 2011 · 5 Comments

Pride comes before… ouch!

And why wouldn’t I be? If you didn’t notice that it was National Poetry Day (NPD) on Thursday…. then go and watch this film to make up for it. Or this one. … Continue reading

October 11, 2010 · 2 Comments

Spread the word!

If you can smell something in the autumn air, dear reader, that is because all my projects are coming to fruition at once. And if the days seem shorter, let … Continue reading

September 29, 2010 · 2 Comments

I’m working on my Blackberry (vodka)

You know those signs that you are getting older? The summer seems to end very quickly, the policemen look younger and the meetings for Ledbury Poetry Festival come round much … Continue reading

September 12, 2010 · 2 Comments

The nights are drawing in…

…and at Shambala, where flowers grow large and fine poets thrive, my festival season drew to a close. The poets included the tireless Dreadlockalien, topical Pete the Temp, regal Jean … Continue reading

September 5, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Lettuce Eaters

I know, late again. Sorry. July is a mad month, always full of work and pleasure – I’ve missed my Sunday deadline twice, and will do again next week. Normal … Continue reading

July 8, 2010

In Praise of Celebration

This is a week of two great events for me: you may be sick of hearing about them both, but bear with me in my excitement. Firstly, I was the website … Continue reading

June 29, 2010 · 3 Comments