Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Jo Bell
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Jo Bell at StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival

Jo Bell is a poet and poetry activist working across the UK. Born and brought up in Sheffield and the Peak District, she is a boat-dweller who usually winters in the NW of England. Jo was a professional archaeologist for 18 years. She is the director of the UK’s National Poetry Day campaign and a programmer for the Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2011.


Navigation was published after her year as Cheshire Poet Laureate in 2008.


Bluebeard’s Wife (Heaventree)

Bugged (Bell Jar 2010)


Glastonbury,  2010

Royal Derby Hospital 2010/11.


National Trust

250th anniversary of the Bridgewater Canal

Other genres

Three Jos in a Boat is a collaborative project with a storyteller and a visual artist, to be performed in autumn 2011 and summer 2012.

Vox Pop is the working title of a show with performance poet Longfella for spring/ summer 2012

Ian McMillan says ‘Jo Bell’s poems make you look up, look out, look around.’ MartinEspada, Pulitzer-nominated Nuyorican poet, calls her ‘a true voice in a sea of bullshit.’

Click these links for Jo Bell’s website and her blog (nominated for the Blog Awards 2010).

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