English Association Literary Salon – Helen Mort

Helen Mort was born in Sheffield and now lives in Derbyshire. She is a five-times 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. In 2010, she became the youngest ever poet-in-residence at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. She was the Derbyshire Poet Laureate from 2013 to 2015. In 2014, she won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize for Division Street, which was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards and the T.S. Eliot Prize.

She is an alumna of Christ’s College, Cambridge. In 2014, she completed her Doctorate at Sheffield University with a Ph.D thesis looking at connections between popular neuroscience and contemporary poetry and her BlogSpot `Poetry on the Brain` was one of the Picador `Best Poetry Blogs` choices. She was a Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow at the University of Leeds from 2014-16 and now teaches at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.

In 2014 she was named as a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society. Her second collection No Map Could Show Them was published by Chatto in 2016 and looks at the history of women’s mountaineering, drawing on Helen’s own experiences as an amateur rock climber. Helen is also a runner and the author/editor of Lake District Trail Running (Vertebrate, 2016). Her first novel Black Car Burning is forthcoming from Chatto and she also has a collection of short stories due out with Wrecking Ball Press.

Helen Mort <stationarypoet@msn.com>

‘Freefall’ – blogging about poetry, pop psychology and more: https://helenmort.wordpress.com

Mary Jean Chan is a poet from Hong Kong. She won the 2017 Poetry Society Members’ Poetry Competition and the 2016 Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition (ESL), and has been shortlisted/commended for the 2016 London Magazine Poetry Prize, the 2016 Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition and the 2016 Resurgence Prize. Her work has appeared in The Poetry Review, The London Magazine, Callaloo Journal, Ambit Magazine, The Rialto, Bare Fiction Magazine, The Scores, and elsewhere. As a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London, Mary Jean’s article ‘Towards a Poetics of Racial Trauma: Lyric Hybridity in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen’ is forthcoming from The Journal of American Studies (2017). Mary Jean is currently a Co-Editor at Oxford Poetry.

Wednesday 5th July, 3.30