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Poet Helen Mort joins the Manchester Writing School

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By Jacqueline Grima

Helen Mort is the latest award-winning published poet to join the Manchester Writing School team. Helen, whose latest collection No Map Could Show Them has recently been awarded a Poetry Book Society recommendation, will be teaching on the school’s brand new MA in Creative Writing Place Writing Route.

Helen and the Manchester Writing School have a shared history, the poet having won the 2008 Young Writer Award which was offered alongside the first ever Manchester Poetry Prize. Talking about her recent appointment, she said, “I’ve admired the Manchester Writing School hugely ever since I first encountered it as a winner of the Manchester Young Writer prize in 2008. I’m thrilled to be part of such an exciting, dynamic community of writers and academics.”

Helen will also now join Adam O’Riordan and Sarah Howe to form the judging panel for the 2016 Manchester Poetry Prize, part of the Manchester Writing Competition.

Manager of the Manchester Writing School James Draper said, “Since winning our Manchester Young Writers Award in 2008, Helen has built a stellar career in poetry and place writing and we’re really looking forward to welcoming her to the Manchester Writing School team in the autumn. She’ll be working with our undergraduate creative writing students and also teaching and supervising on our Masters programmes.”

To find out more about Manchester Writing School’s MA in Place Writing, see the school’s website.

To find out more about the 2016 Manchester Poetry Prize and Manchester Writing Competition, click here

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