Poet and artist, Stan Bell was born in Glasgow, where he lived almost all his life. After a period working for the Forestry Commission and as an industrial electrician on hydroelectric schemes, he studied at Glasgow School of Art where he subsequently taught, becoming a notable Glasgow muralist. He had family connections to the Isle of Lewis where he was a frequent visitor and became increasingly interested in the organic aesthetic of the Western Isles and the poetic implications of being on the extreme North-western edge of Europe.
An interest in the possible relationship of word and image led him to being involved in a number of projects involving music, dance, poetry and painting, through which he put together happenings at festivals and other cultural events.
Publications include The First President, a monograph on the political significance of the socialist politician, R.B. Cunninghame Graham, an area he was very active in, along with nuclear disarmament. His poetry appeared in a number of publications including Coincidence, Circles and Lines, Skinklin Star, La Fabrique, and Le Journal des Poètes. His collection In Search of Stansylvania: Forty Two Poems appeared in 2006.
His poem ‘Art World Signals’ was selected by Janice Galloway to be published on the SPL website as one of the Best Scottish Poems 2006.