Narrowboat Poetry

This was the first event we went to at this year’s Birmingham Literary Festival, and it was great. Two hours on a narrowboat, exploring the world of Birmingham’s canals, with Jo Bell, who’s worked on the canals as an industrial archaeologist, and lives on a narrowboat. She’s also a talented and entertaining poet, which made for a great morning, and rendered the surrounding gloom and drizzle totally irrelevant. We learnt a lot, and had a great time – exactly the kind iof pleasant surprise that festivals ought to provide.