Jessica Bell

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Jessica Bell is an Australian musician, author, publisher, and editor based in Athens, Greece. She is the co-founder of Vine Leaves Press, vocalist for the chillwave band Keep Shelly In Athens, and records and performs as a solo artist under the name BRUNO.


Jessica Bell was born in Melbourne, Australia on February 26, 1981. Her mother is Erika Bach and her stepfather is Demetri Vlass, both founding members of Ape The Cry and Hard Candy, two of Melbourne's iconic indie bands.[1][2]


Bell began her musical career in the Australian indie rock bank spAnk in 1998[3]. In October, 2016, she joined Keep Shelly In Athens as vocalist[4] and was first featured on the band's June, 2017 release "Leave In Silence."[5] In 2017, she began recording and performing as a solo artist under the stage name BRUNO.

She was recently interviewed as a favorite artist in Under The Radar magazine's artists of the year for 2017.[6]


Bell's poetry, essays, fiction, and autobiographical pieces have appeared in Writers Digest[7], and in anthologies from eMergent Publishing.

Bell is the author of three non-fiction books for writers, four novels, three books of vignettes and poetry, and the memoir Dear Reflection: I Never Wanted To Be a Rebel.[1][8]

She has also appeared on New Haven's WTNH's Book Lovers Corner for her 2013 book, Bitter Like Orange Peel.[9] Bell also was featured in Publishers Weekly,[1] The Guardian [10], and on Radio National.[11]

In 2011, Bell founded the independent publishing house Vine Leaves Press.[1][12]

Awards and accolades[edit]

  • Goodreads Choice Awards 2012: Best Poetry (Semi-finalist for "Fabric")[13]
  • The Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Book Awards: Short Fiction (Semi-finalist for "The Book)[14]
  • Orangeberry Virtual Book Expo 2013 - Hall of Fame: Best Editing ("The Book")[15]
  • The Kindle Book Review’s 2015 Best Indie Book Awards: Mystery / Thriller (Finalist for "White Lady")[16]



  • Dear Reflection: I Never Meant to be a Rebel (2017) ISBN 9781925417555 Search this book on Logo.png.




Anthologies (contributor)[edit]

Anthologies (compiled and edited by)[edit]

English Language Teaching[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Burnett, Matia (20 Oct 2017). "Indie Author Shaped by Indie Rock Roots". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  2. "Creativity, Cigarettes & Self-Destruction". The Music. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  3. Bell, Jessica. Dear Reflection: I Didn't Mean to Be a Rebel (Kindle Edition ed.). 2210: Vine Leaves Press. ISBN 978-1-925417-56-2. |access-date= requires |url= (help)CS1 maint: Extra text (link) Search this book on Logo.png
  4. Baker, D.R. (Oct 2017). "Keep Shelly in Athens – "Philokalia"". TYF. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  5. "Keep Shelly in Athens announce new album, share lead single "Leave in Silence" — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  6. "2017 Artist Survey: Jessica Bell and RPR of Keep Shelly in Athens". CUnder the Radar. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  7. "The Value of "Show, Don't Tell" In Your Writing". Writers Digest. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  8. Carroll, Steven (1 September 2017). "Dear Reflection review: Jessica Bell's search for meaning in music and writing". Review. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  9. Dufour, Teresa (Interviewer) (10 December 2013). Book Lovers Corner with "Bitter Like Orange Peel" by Jessica Bell (Television). New Haven, CT: WTNH.
  10. Flood, Alison (2015-03-06). "Self-publishing lets women break book industry's glass ceiling, survey finds". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  11. "Growing up in the shadow of valium". ABC Radio National. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  12. "Small publisher spotlight: Vine Leaves Press | Books+Publishing". Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  13. "Fabric by Jessica Bell". Goodreads. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  14. "2013 Book Awards". The Kindle Book Review. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  15. "Orangeberry Virtual Book Tours - #OBExpo 2013 - Hall of Fame Winners". YouTube. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  16. "2015 Book Awards". The Kindle Book Review. Retrieved 29 December 2017.

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