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with Jo Bell

Something that makes you smile

Nigel and Deirdre, the ducks who sit outside my boat in the morning waiting for a handful of cornflakes.

A confession

I stole some socks from Top Shop in 1987. They were £2.50 which seemed outrageous so I decided to redistribute by stealth. They fell apart almost immediately—that’s karma for you.

The last thing you wrote

Creatively speaking? A suffragette poem for the BBC.

Your favourite city

Probably Paris.

What you’d place in a time capsule

The day before Donald Trump’s election, so that the post-Trump world can see we weren’t always this crazy.

Jo Bell is a poet, broadcaster and teacher of poetry for organisations including the Poetry Society and Arvon Foundation. She lives on a narrowboat in the NW of England.