Derbyshire poet laureate

Helen Mort

We are delighted to announce that Helen Mort has been appointed as the new Derbyshire Poet Laureate.

Helen will be the fifth Derbyshire Poet Laureate and she will be working with us until September 2015. 

The laureate project was developed by us to celebrate Derbyshire places, people and traditions through poetry; and to encourage people to read more poetry and to write their own poems.

Helen has been shortlisted for the prestigious T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry for her first full collection, Division Street, published by Chatto & Windus. The winner will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Monday 13 January 2014.

For more information about the T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry visit: (opens in a new window)
and for more information about Division Street: (opens in a new window)

Helen's poem, Litton Mill was featured as our October 2013 poem a month. Please click on this link if you would like to read the poem or to subscribe to Derbyshire Libraries poem a month: (opens in a new window)

If you would like to find out more about Helen visit her website: (opens in a new window)

For further information about the laureate project or if you are interested in booking Helen for an event or workshop or to commission her to write a poem please contact Ali Betteridge, Literature Development Officer on 01773 831359 or email

Laureate Publications

If you would like to read poems written by our previous poets laureate Matt Black, Ann Atkinson, River Wolton and Cathy Grindrod, the following anthologies are available to borrow in Derbyshire Libraries:

  • Footsteps and Fuddles: No Map but the Sky - Matt Black

  • From Matlock to Mamelodi: 5000 miles of poetry with the Derbyshire Poet Laureate - Ann Atkinson

  • You are Here: Travels of a Derbyshire Poet Laureate - River Wolton

  • Laureate Lines: poems from the first Derbyshire Poet Laureate - Cathy Grindrod.

If you would like to buy copies of the books please contact Ali Betteridge, Literature Development Officer on 01773 831359 or email

The books are £7.99.

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