Jo Bell was formerly an industrial archaeologist specialising in industrial remains like mines, railways… and canals. She discovered historic narrowboats and began writing poetry seriously at about the same time; and her career has since included running a fleet of historic narrowboats and acting as director of National Poetry Day for six years.
She lives on 67ft narrowboat ‘Tinker’, travelling around the UK.
Her collection Navigation includes poems of boat life and canal wildlife, and her show Riverlands with Jo Blake Cave celebrates the River Nene in Northamptonshire. Her poetry can be seen on a lock in Milnsbridge, near Huddersfield, as part of the Locklines project. She was appointed by the Canal & River Trust and The Poetry Society as Canal Laureate for 2013-2015. Her newest collection, Kith, was published in 2015 and contains many of the poems written during her time as Canal Laureate.