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Colin Bell

Colin Bell is a novelist, poet and blogger. He was born in a Franciscan convent in Surrey but grew up in Sussex – almost everything that he has done, he did for the first time in Brighton where his novels are set. After working in Manchester for Granada Television, he returned to Brighton. He now lives in Lewes because, he says, it’s the urban equivalent of BBC Radio Four. His first novel, Stephen Dearsley’s Summer of Love (Ward Wood Publishing, 2013) was long-listed for the Polari Prize. His second Brighton novel, Blue Notes, Still Frames (Ward Wood Publishing) was published in January 2017. His poetry has been published in the UK and the USA where he was nominated for the 2016 Pushcart Prize. Before becoming a writer, Colin Bell was a TV producer-director and executive producer making arts programmes for ITV, Channel Four, the BBC and also for American, Japanese and German broadcasters.

Artemisia – the art of self-defence

Artemisia Gentileschi at The National Gallery, London. Last week I went to the new exhibition at London’s National Gallery. It is the first major exhibition in Britain of the magnificent Baroque paintings by the Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 –…

I had a red door and…

When I moved into my house here in Lewes, the door was red. It was OK, but not great – one of those shades of red that wasn’t quite confident enough to be either red or pink. Anyway, it was…

Titian Reunited

LOVE DEATH AND DESIRE Titian’s Six Masterpieces reunited after over 400 years In early March this year, I was looking forward to going to see the National Gallery’s much anticipated Titian exhibition Love Death and Desire. The great Italian Renaissance…

Wolfie Caged

How I survived lockdown. I have finally got round to writing a blog now that, wisely or foolishly, the great British lockdown is being eased. Until now, I haven’t quite managed to write about this, the strangest of times. I…