Helen Mort

Helen Mort Forward Poetry Prize juror 2014

Helen Mort was born in Sheffield in 1985 and is five times winner of a Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award. Carol Ann Duffy has described her as “among the brightest stars in the sparkling new constellation of British poets”.

Her first poetry collection Division Street (Chatto & Windus) was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize and the Costa Prize. She was Poet in Residence at The Wordsworth Trust from 2010-11 and is the current Derbyshire Poet Laureate, a post in which she combines her love of mountain climbing and of language.

“I like to think of climbs as a set of instructions for the body that you have to interpret, and they only make sense when you do it. So a climb can’t be paraphrased, it can only be done,” she says. “And there’s an affinity with poetry because a poem’s a bit like a set of instructions to the reader. You can’t paraphrase a poem. You can only write it or read it.” (Daily Telegraph)

To find out more about Helen’s work, see her website www.helenmort.com