Henry Bell

I have edited and published anthologies of poetry and prose, organised music and performing arts festivals with hundreds of performances and significant financial backing, coordinated international tours, and even tried my hand at wedding planning. I am the managing editor of Gutter, Scotland’s magazine of new writing, I have written for plays performed at Oran Mor, Summerhall, and Surgeon’s Hall. In 2015 I was part of the Clydebuilt Poetry Apprenticeship.

Publications

2020

The Last Lochan

Speculative Books

A new pamphlet of poetry from Speculative Books, exploring life, community and forgiveness in the climate emergency.

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We need this sort of poetry, which faces the reality of the world we are creating with courage, anger, heart-break, and yet also manages to hold on to kindness and thoughtfulnessDM Black
Henry Bell is one of the finest young poets in this country with a lucid, lyrical and always accessible voice.Liz Lochead

2018

John Maclean, Hero of Red Clydeside

Pluto Books

Feared by the government, adored by workers, celebrated by Lenin and Trotsky. The head of British Military Intelligence called John Maclean ‘the most dangerous man in Britain’.

This new biography explores the events that shaped the life of a momentous man—from the Great War and the Great Unrest, to the Rent Strike and the Russian Revolution. It examines his work as an organiser and educator, his imprisonment and hunger strike, and how he became the early hero of radical Scottish Independence.

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This is an extremely interesting and well-researched book – it provides a valuable insight into the life of one of Scotland’s most important, respected and influential political figures, whose legacy shines on todayNicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland
Henry Bell is one of the finest young poets in this country with a lucid, lyrical and always accessible voice.Liz Lochead

Projects

2019

Glasgow City Council

Artist in Residence

Along with the poet and artist Alec Finlay I undertook a three month residency for Glasgow’s creative communities project and developed Pollokshields Proposes as an exploration of impossible and necessary demands for ward 6 of the city.

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About & Contact

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Email: henryjimbell@gmail.com

Twitter: @henbell

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