Helen Mort

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Helen Mort in 2014

Helen Mort FRSL (born 28 September 1985, Sheffield) is a British poet and novelist. She is a five-time winner of the Foyle Young Poets award, received an Eric Gregory Award from The Society of Authors in 2007, and won the Manchester Poetry Prize Young Writer Prize in 2008.[1] In 2010, she became the youngest ever poet-in-residence at the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. In the same year she was shortlisted for the Picador Prize and won the Norwich Café Writers' Poetry Competition with a poem called "Deer". She was the Derbyshire Poet Laureate from 2013 to 2015. In 2014, she won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize for "Division Street".

She is an alumna of Christ's College, Cambridge, from which she graduated with a degree in Social and Political Sciences in 2007. In 2014, she completed her Doctorate at Sheffield University with a Ph.D thesis in English/Neuroscience[citation needed] and her BlogSpot "Poetry on the Brain" was one of the Picador "Best Poetry Blogs" choices.

Her collection Division Street[2] is published by Chatto & Windus and was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards and the T.S. Eliot Prize. In a national survey, it was chosen by sixth-form groups and reading groups as their first choice collection. She has published two pamphlets with Tall Lighthouse press.[3] In 2014 she was named as a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society. Mort is currently the Douglas Caster Creative Writing Fellow in the School of English at the University of Leeds. She edited the Verse Matters anthology with Rachel Bower who is also a Fellow at the University of Leeds. She has appeared on radio programmes such as The Verb, Poetry Please, and Woman's Hour. Individual poems have been published in the New Statesman, "Ex-Industrial (a trailer)", and the Sunday Times, "Admit you feel like all the ice skates in Brazil", as well as the magazines Poetry Review, Granta, The Rialto, Poetry London, The Manhattan Review, and The North.

In June 2018 Mort was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in its "40 Under 40" initiative.[4]


  1. ^ "Contact Us | Manchester Poetry Prize 2008 | Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)". Manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  2. ^ Suzi Feay (22 September 2013). "Poetry round-up: from the buzz around Helen Mort to Andrew Philip's 'sheer joy' in language - Reviews - Books". The Independent. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  3. ^ "the tall-lighthouse". the tall-lighthouse. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  4. ^ Flood, Alison (28 June 2018). "Royal Society of Literature admits 40 new fellows to address historical biases". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 July 2018.

External links[edit]

Official website