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Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2013.

Distinctive and assured, these poems show us how, at the site of conflict, a moment of reconciliation can be born.


Division Street by Helen Mort

Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2013.

This is shortlisted for the T.S Eliot prize 2013. A stone is lobbed in '84, hangs like a star over Orgreave. Welcome to Sheffield. Border-land, our town of miracles. ('Scab'). From the clash between striking miners and police to the delicate conflicts in personal relationships, Helen Mort's stunning debut is marked by distance and division. Named for a street in Sheffield, this is a collection that cherishes specificity: the particularity of names; the reflections the world throws back at us; the precise moment of a realisation.

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'Helen Mort is among the brightest stars in the sparkling new constellation of young British poets' -- Carol Ann Duffy

'There's been a buzz around Helen Mort for a while, and her debut, Division Street, doesn't disappoint' -- Suzi Feay Independent

'A poet of exceptional talent, with a strong clear voice, a sure sense of metre and a poetic sensibility which has an unshakeable attachment to the real world. Herald Although Helen Mort is just 28, it's surprising that Division Street is her first full collection -- so frequently and impressively does her work appear in magazines and competitions... It's a brilliant debut.' -- Bill Greenwell Independent

'A first class first full-length collection' Tribune

'Outstanding. There's a confidence and wit that's rare in a first book, but underlying it all is the bedrock of the north of England, its landscapes and stories. These are poems of passion, risk, tenderness and power' -- Michael Symmons Roberts, winner of the Forward Prize 2013

'Gritty, witty, stylish and totally memorable. Division Street is a book which has something important to say, addressing a wide range of topics with novelty and intelligence.' John Glenday

About the Author

Helen Mort was born in Sheffield in 1985, and grew up in nearby Chesterfield. Five-times-winner of the Foyle Young Poets Award, she received an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 and won the Manchester Young Writer Prize in 2008. She has published two pamphlets with tall-lighthouse press, the shape of every box and a pint for the ghost (a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice, 2010), and her poems have appeared in the Spectator, Poetry Review and The Manhattan Review. In 2010, she was Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. She lives in Derbyshire.

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5th September 2013


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Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage Publishing


80 pages


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