Jo Bell works as a poet across the UK undertaking projects, residencies and commissions. Formerly the director of National Poetry Day, she has been a tutor for the Poetry School and Chateau Ventenac, a lecturer in Creative Writing at MMU Crewe and a poet in residence for Glastonbury Festival, the National Trust and Royal Derby Hospitals. Currently the UK Canal Laureate, appointed by the Poetry Society and Canal and River Trust, she lives aboard a 67ft narrowboat in the Midlands.
“In recent months I’ve been writing rather different and new material,” says Jo, “It’s very encouraging to have that new direction validated by a prize as significant as the Charles Causley prize. To be given the prize in its first year as a major new prize for adult poets, is a particular privilege.”
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2013 Charles Causley Poetry Competition Winner Jo Bell reading ‘The Icicle Garden’: