Shirley Bell is a poet who also writes gardening books, based on the plants she and her husband grow in Glenhirst Cactus Nursery. The books talk about how to grow and display cacti and other succulents.
As a poet, as well as being widely anthologised, she was published in magazines including Ambit, Poetry Review, The London Magazine, The Spectator and many others. She also had a small pamphlet, Hanging Windows on the Dark, published by The Wide Skirt.
She has read her poetry all over the country at venues including the Arvon Centres and The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre. It was also broadcast on Radio 3. She worked as a Writer-in-Residence at many venues; was a Literature Consultant for Lincolnshire and South Humberside Arts and edited their literary magazine.
She has recently published 'behind the glass', a pamphlet of poetry, and art works, for a project during her MA course in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln.
At the moment she is producing an anthology of the work of all the students on the current MA course, which will be called The Black Path 1, and will be available in June 2013, with a second anthology planned for publication in December 2013.