52: Write a poem a week. Start now. Keep going.
A Poetry Writing handbook
Jo Bell and guests.
Date: 30th November 2015
The 52 project started with a simple idea: Write a poem a week. Start now. Keep going. It became a phenomenon. Hundreds of poets took up the challenge and their poems swept the board of poetry prizes, publications and personal successes.
This book brings together the 52 prompts written by poet Jo Bell and by guest poets ranging from David Morley to Rachael Boast, so that you can pick up the challenge yourself. With contemporary poems to illustrate each prompt, it's a fine anthology as well as a book of lively and engaging exercises for poets, whether beginner or well-established.
Jo Bell was born in Sheffield and grew up on the fringes of the Derbyshire Peak District, leaving school just after the Miners’ Strike. She became an industrial archaeologist, specialising in coal and lead mines. A winner of the Charles Causley Prize and the Manchester Cathedral Prize, she is now the Canal Laureate for the UK appointed by the Poetry Society and the Canal & River Trust. She lives on a narrowboat on the English waterways. Kith (Nine Arches Press) is Jo Bell’s second collection of poems.
Love, sex, boats and friendship. And yet Jo Bell’s second poetry collection, Kith, is about so much more. Delighting in the belting, beautiful turn-of-phrase, Jo Bell’s poems are lyrical and joyous, but always precise and clear as birdsong.
‘Jo Bell is one of the most exciting poets now writing and no time is wasted in the company of her work.’ - Carol Ann Duffy
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