Britain's First Canal Laureate Helps Re-Launch 'Narrow Boat'
Earlier this year, poet and narrow boat enthusiast, Jo Bell, was crowned Britain's first Canal Laureate by the Canal & River Trust (CRT). Her role recognises her as the chief ambassador for bringing art and culture to the UK’s waterways.
Bell has lived aboard a 67ft narrowboat named Tinker for over 11 years and now her responsibility as Canal Laureate is to help people take notice and enjoy their country’s landscape. Since her inauguration, extracts from her writing have been engraved into lock gates across the country and she regularly writes about her journeys and projects @canalpoetry on Twitter.
Today, at the Hay Literary Festival, Bell and others celebrated the re-launch of Tom Rolt's classic book ‘Narrowboat’, described to have saved the nation's canals from destruction.
Below is an extract from the re-launched book’s introduction which Bell wrote:
Article by Jack Bartrop