poemof the moment
Our silences become the better part of us.
about the poem
'Shetland' is the second part of a sequence called 'North of Everywhere', which can be found in Helen Mort's debut collection Division Street (Chatto & Windus, 2013). The poem was inspired by a trip to Unst, the most northerly populated island in the British Isles. Image: eshaness_20150128_0022 by Ian Duffy
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We're getting excited about StAnza, Scotland's poetry festival, which kicks off in St. Andrews next week (3 - 8 March). The festival's line-up is an an embarrassment of riches. Among the many highlights, we're looking forward to hearing Helen Mort read at Parliament Hall alongside Liz Berry, 5pm (tickets a snip at £5.75 or £3.75 concessions).
Helen Mort was born in Sheffield. Her first collection Division Street (Chatto & Windus, 2013) was shortlisted for the Costa Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize and, in 2014, won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize. She is a Cultural Fellow at The University of Leeds. Image: Helen Mort by Andrew Marshall, under a Creative Commons licence