This event takes place at Bolton Library and starts at 7pm.
Born in Sheffield, Jo Bell was originally an archaeologist. In the early 2000s she reversed the work/hobby balance of archaeology and poetry, and began devising, programming and running poetry events. For six years Jo was director of the UK’s National Poetry Day. She is now a Trustee and erstwhile programmer at Ledbury Poetry Festival, and proud to be the UK’s first Canal Laureate, appointed by the Poetry Society and the Canal and River Trust. She lives on a narrowboat [NB not a barge] currently in the English Midlands. Her latest book is Kith (Nine Arches Press, 2015).
She is probably best known, however, for her poetry news on Facebook and Twitter @Jo_Bell. Follow Jo for news of competitions, poetry stories and dozens of UK events including her own.
The event also includes an open mic slot for students and local writers to read their work, and an announcement of the winners of the University of Bolton poetry competition that the University launched for National Poetry Day this year in partnership with the library.
If you want to book a slot for the open mic session please email " target="_blank">a. To spectate, just come along on the night. This event is free.
This celebration in words and song will take place in the Social Learning Zone on Thursday 10 December from 12.45pm to 1.15pm, followed by festive refreshments. All very welcome.
This day is Bolton SU’s annual Wear Your Christmas Jumper to Uni Day. Last year this was a huge success with both staff and students getting in to the spirit, raising funds for Bolton Hospice. This day will also see the SU Christmas Bake sale – also in aid of Bolton Hospice, Bolton Hospice Christmas Lottery ticket will also be on sale. The Bake Sale will start at 10.30am in Chancellor’s Mall. If you would like to donate a cake to be sold please email Janet Galligan at
Also on Thursday 10 December students are holding an event to raise awareness around the issue of Domestic Violence and hope to raise some funds for Fortalice. Fortalice is a Bolton based charitable organisation opened in 1977 to assist woman and children who are affected by domestic abuse.
If you would like to help with this project the students are looking for donations for a tombola stall and they are also collecting toiletries and store cupboard foods that will be donated to Fortalice. The tombola stand and will be open from 10.30am on Thursday 10 December in Chancellors’ Mall.
Donations for the Fortalice tombola can be left in the SU Office.
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