Jo Bell is an award-winning poet working across the UK with poetry talents from Ian McMillan to Brian Patten and Gwyneth Lewis. She's a performer, playwright, project manager, programmer, promoter, producer and a few things that don't begin with P. Jo is former director of the UK's National Poetry Day, sometime programmer for Ledbury Poetry Festival and others, and has broadcast on Radio 4. If it involves poetry she does it.
Jo lives on a narrowboat and is the Canal Laureate of the UK, appointed by the Poetry Society and Canal and River Trust. She ran the immensely successful online poetry group 52 - part of her mission to use social media as a stimulus, and to raise writing standards through creative friction [sic].
She has read at the Houses of Parliament, Glastonbury Festival (as poet in residence), the Southbank Centre, Paris, Stromstad and a vast number of upstairs rooms in pubs. Jo was a guest at Buckingham Palace’s reception to recognise contemporary British poetry. Winner of the Causley Prize and the Manchester Cathedral Prize in 2014, she has also come in the top three for the Bridport prize, the Ballymaloe International and Wigtown prizes this year. Poetry International describes her as part of the New Bardic Tradition and she'll take that, thank you very much.
Jo's first collection Navigation is available from Moormaid Press. Her second, Kith, is out in spring 2015 from Nine Arches Press.
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