Hazel Kathleen Bell graduated from Reading University with an Honours degree
in English Language and Literature. She became a qualified teacher,
and has taught English in several Hertfordshire schools and colleges
as well as on Adult Education courses.
While staying at home to bring up her three children, she started
to work freelance for publishers, chiefly as an indexer; she has
now compiled nearly 900 published indexes to books and journals.
She was editor of the National Newsletter of National
Housewives Register from 1972-76; editor of The
Indexer, the professional journal of the Society
of Indexers, 1978-95; editor of Learned
Publishing, the journal of the Association
of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), 1987-96;
of the Journal of the Angela
Thirkell Society, 1997-98; of Green
Leaves, the journal of the Barbara
Pym Society, 1999-2005; and of Friends' Forum, the newsletter of the Friends of Welwyn Hatfield Museums, 2007-2014. She now edits the newsletter of Welwyn Hatfield U3A.
She received the Carey
Award for services to indexing in 1997, was made an Honorary
Member of ALPSP in 1998, and in both 2005 and 2006 was awarded the Wheatley Medal of the Society of Indexers for
an outstanding index; the first for compiling the index to Seven Pillars of Wisdom; the complete 1922 "Oxford" text.
She has written many articles, reports and reviews for journals,
including, as well as those named above: European
Science Editing, Journal
of Scholarly Publishing, LOGOS: the Journal of the World Book
Community, Library Management, Managing
The Open Book (journal of the Alliance
of Literary Societies), Rubber Developments (journal of Malaysian Rubber Producers' Research Association)
She has also written books as detailed on the page, "Books
written or edited by".
In 2006 Hazel registered as a publisher under the imprint HKB
She can be seen performing with her children at her 80th birthday party, here
and singing duets with her son and daughter, and speaking on Indexing in the 60s, Literary figures of Hertfordshire, and Barbara Pym's relationship with her publishers, here