Jo Bell steps down as canal laureate with farewell at Little Venice

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After three years as inaugural canal laureate, Jo Bell is giving up the role – and will be saying goodbye with a special event at the Canal Cafe theatre, at Little Venice in London, on Wednesday 2 September at 7.30pm. In an interview with Write Out Loud in 2013 Jo talked of the canals as “the village I belong to, the tribe I live amongst. I love them like a hometown – with great familiarity, and a respect for the less pictures...

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