Jo Bell

Jo Bell


Cheshire Poet Laureate 2007. I’m a poet, narrowboater and professional archaeologist. Lively, innovative, willing to make a fool of myself in public. Living on my boat Cariad, based around Macclesfield but with forays out and around Cheshire and the Midlands.





Poetry, Performance Poetry.


Publications & Performance History

Published in journals including Envoi, Raw Edge, Iota. Anthologised in Voiceprints (Flarestack). Short collection, the Shipwright’s Love Song (Bookcraft). Websites including Entheos. Performances at festivals including Cheltenham, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Swindon Festival of Literature and others. Planning a performance with all five Cheshire laureates so far, for autumn 2007. I believe that poetry readings should be more than just a person with a book, but less than Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Workshop & Reading Experience

Oodles of both, including workshops on water (often in narrowboats, I have access to a good boat in Macclesfield); currently planning sessions on Sense and Sensuality, Myth and Legend, Black and White (in the architectural sense).


Cathy Grindrod, Poet Laureate for Derbyshire. Anne Sherman, Cheshire County Council Reader/Writer Development Officer.

Group size preference

Up to 16

Group age preference

Over 18

Working languages


Area prepared to travel

Chesire, Manchester and Macclesfield

Other information

Have a look at my website for a better sense of what I do, what I look like and what I�m up to.