Helen Mort

Helen Mort was born in Sheffield. Her first collection Division Street (Chatto & Windus, 2013) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Award and the Costa Prize and won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize. Her second collection No Map Could Show Them (2016) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Helen is also the author of Lake District Trail Running (Vertebrate, 2016).


Lines of Ascent »

An all-day workshop with Helen Mort

Tue 28 February | 10:30 - 15:30 | £30.00/£25.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street



The leaves aren’t lit, but morning’s struck a match
so I can see a path through Linacre – low gold
that spreads across the grates of reservoirs

and stokes the trees, long after an electric summer
and its short-fuse sky. September, sparking
on the ground so nobody can step into these woods

and not be burned. A woman calling for her dog
goes smouldering to moss. A cyclist
becomes a Catherine Wheel. I run

and feel my body catch, my face a taper,
shoulders taking light, my ribcage flammable.
I shed the new ash of my collarbones and spine

until I’m cinder, smoke, or left with all the parts
last winter made – the soft snow of my shoulders,
wrists and throat and when I try to hold

my voice I find it’s thawed, a river,
all the names I ever knew


Helen Mort