Celebrating River & Canal Landscapes with Poet Jo Bell

Celebrating River & Canal Landscapes with Poet Jo Bell

Join us on a poetic journey on Monday 14th October 2019 at the Riverside Café, De Montfort University as part of the Leicester Everybody’s Reading Festival (everybodysreading.co.uk).

The POWER Water Community team welcome all Leicester citizens and DMU students to come and enjoy the poetic deliberations of former UK Canal Poet Laureate, Jo Bell, over a free drink at the Riverside Café from 3pm on 14th October in celebration of the city’s waterways.

Please let us know you’re coming along by registering your place on EventBrite.



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As a long-time boat dweller and proud recipient of an honorary doctorate for services to poetry, Jo Bell will be providing an entertaining afternoon’s event as she reads her poetry and answers your questions about her work and life on the water.

Poet, Jo Bell (photo taken by Lee Allen)

Use the comments area below to tell us about a literary reference to water that inspires you.

Jo's favourites that spark her love of poetry, canals and heritage will get a mention that sees them read out by her on the day.

Grab your free cuppa from the hosts

This event is a celebration of Leicester’s water ways, brought to you to by Leicester City Council and De Montfort University working together on the EU-funded POWER project aimed at raising “Political and sOcial awareness on Water EnviRonmental challenges”.


Being a city that is vulnerable to surface water flooding, we are encouraging citizens to use the Leicester water community platform to ensure we are all taking measures to help our city solve its flood challenges.


A complimentary cup of tea or coffee from the POWER team will be available at the event.


Please let us know you're attending by registering your place on EventBrite.


 Celebrating Leicester waterways at the Riverside Cafe



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