Helen Mort’s latest collection, The Illustrated Woman, has just been shortlisted for the Forward Prize, the latest accolade in what has been an incredibly productive year: 2022 has also seen the publication of her memoir of walking and motherhood, A Line above the Sky, and a collaborative lyric essay (with Kate Fletcher), Outfitting, exploring fashion and wild ecology.Caroline Bird’s latest book is Rookie, a long-awaited selection gathering material from her seven Carcanet collections – including The Air Year, which won the Forward Prize in 2020. She is also a playwright, and was an official poet for the London Olympics in 2012.Mort and Bird discuss and read from their work.Find upcoming events at the Bookshop here: https://lrb.me/upcomingevents Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Helen Mort is one of the UK’s most exciting young voices. She came into the SPL to talk about her second book No Maps Could Show Them (Chatto & Windus) and to read poems from the collection. During the course of the interview, she talks about female pioneers of mountaineering, the strange health risks men believed running posed women, and the historical characters she’s drawn to writing about. You can order Helen’s second collection No Maps Could Show Them from the SPL shop.If you would prefer to read, rather than listen to, our podcast with Helen Mort, click here to see a transcript of the interview.
The Vitality Mark with Mark Rowe & Helen Mort on Mountains & Motherhood
Alive and Kicking with Clare McKenna
Dr Mark Rowe has been a practicing family physician for over 25 years, after his own experience of burnout he became one of the first medical doctors in Ireland to study lifestyle medicine. His latest book The Vitality Mark – Your prescription for feeling energised, invigorated, enthusiastic and optimistic each day helps identify gaps in our wellbeing and offers evidence based strategies to transform the quality of our life. He discusses his book with Clare.Helen Mort has always been drawn to the thrill and risk of climbing, the connection to the natural world it brings but when she became a mother for the first time she began to reexamine her relationship with the elements and she joined Clare to discuss her memoir – A Line Above the Sky – a story of mountains and motherhood.
During the last week of July, we were joined in Endcliffe Park, one of Sheffield’s many green spaces by a lovely group of Sheffielders as well as the award winning poet and novelist, Helen Mort. Helen led us on a walk through the woods, and beside the river, and along the way read pieces from her various published works. We enjoyed it so much, we thought it would be nice to share the experience more widely, so Helen very kindly offered to record a condensed version of the walk for you to enjoy at home. If you want to learn more about Helen and her work, you can visit her website, all good bookshops, or of course your local library. https://www.helenmort.com/
Helen Mort and Dan Richards: No Map Could Show Them
London Review Bookshop Podcast
Helen Mort and Dan Richards were at the shop to talk about poetry and mountaineering. Mort read from her latest collection from Chatto and Windus, No Map Could Show Them (a Poetry Book Society recommendation), which recounts in Mort’s inimitable style the exploits of pathbreaking female mountaineers. Afterwards she was in conversation with Dan Richards, whose book Climbing Days (Faber) explores the writing and climbing exploits of his great-great aunt and uncle, Dorothy Pilley and I.A. Richards. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Helen Mort - Poet & Author - ‘Never Leave The Dog Behind’ who explores the relationship between people, dogs and the great outdoors.
Tough Girl Podcast
Helen Mort has published two poetry collections with Chatto & Windus, ‘Division Street’ (2013) and ‘No Map Could Show Them’ (2015). She won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize for best first collection. Her novel ‘Black Car Burning’ was published in 2019. She teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and she is also the author of ‘Lake District Trail Running’ (Vertebrate). Her new book is ‘Never Leave The Dog Behind’. Inspired by the story of Missy, a German Shepherd who was abandoned by two hikers in the Canadian Rockies, the book explores the relationship between people, dogs and the great outdoors, comprising interviews with dog owners and experiences with a variety of dogs as well as Helen's own observations as a runner and pet owner herself. This is a book for anyone who loves dogs or has ever been dogged by loneliness and found solace in animals and landscapes. Helen in her own words: “I’m a mum to a toddler, a step parent, a trail runner, climber and all round outdoor enthusiast. I love the Peak District and get out whenever I can. I grew up in Chesterfield. I love dogs, books, dancing and real ale.” New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes Getting into fell running as a teenager Spending a lot of time in her own company Not looking like a runner Having a lot of stamina at a young age Doing the beep test at school Dealing with a foot injury and having a break from running Exploring different types of running Running for the experience of running Getting into climbing in Derbyshire What does adventure mean to Helen and how it’s changed over the years Sharing adventure with someone else Her dreams as a little girl Always been a writer and getting interested in poetry Connecting with other writers and poets Being able to make a living as a writer Becoming a poet in residence Book - Waymaking - An anthology of women’s adventure writing, poetry and art. Heather Dawe - Adventures in Mind Telling stories from a female point of view Book - Never Leave the Dog Behind The personal narrative behind the book and being scared of dogs Getting over her fear of dogs How her relationship with the mountains changed after getting a dog Exploring the relationship between people and dogs in the mountains in a non fiction book #NeverLeaveTheDogBehind What does it mean if you invite the black dog into your home Having a reason to get out everyday Dealing with challenging moments Being present in the moment What a perfect day in the mountains looks like Getting back into the mountains with a toddler Setting more manageable fitness challenges Motherhood and mental health challenges Getting back to fitness after having a baby Knowing that running clubs are not the right choice for her Running as and when Managing during Covid Book - Trail Running Guide Final words of advice to spending more time outdoors Social Media Website - www.helenmort.com Twitter @HelenMort
Deepfakes: Helen Mort on image-based abuse and the gap in the law
Helen Mort talks to me about her campaign to make non consensual deepfake porn illegal. Helen launched her petition after discovering images from her private social media had been taken and used since 2017 to make deepfake porn, where AI transposes the images onto secondary graphic material. When Helen went to report this, she found there was nothing to be done. It was not illegal. Finding a gap in the law, Helen now speaks out against this abuse and calls for a change in the law. TW discusses sexual assault and revenge porn. You can sign Helen's petition here: https://www.change.org/p/the-law-comission-tighten-regulation-on-taking-making-and-faking-explicit-images Contact Revenge Porn Helpline here: https://revengepornhelpline.org.uk/
Teaching writing - mentors Helen Mort and Blake Morrison compare notes. Plus as Georges Perec's memoir I Remember is published in English for the first time, we look at the rules of writing proposed by the Oulipo group which was founded in 1960 by Raymond Queneau and François Le Lionnais. Georges Perec (1936 – 1982) came up with a "story-making machine" and created a novel in which the letter 'e' never appears. Queneau's Exercices de Style recounts a bus journey ninety-nine times. Shahidha Bari talks to Adam Scovell and Lauren Elkin about Oulipo. Helen Mort's books include poetry collections Division Street and No Map Could Show Them and a debut novel Black Car Burning and she is a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University https://www.helenmort.com/ Blake Morrison's books include poetry collections Dark Glasses and Pendle Witches, And When Did You Last See Your Father? which won the JR Ackerley Prize for Autobiography and a study of the murder of James Bulger, As If. He is Professor of Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London. http://www.blakemorrison.net/ Their conversation is part of the series Critical Friends organised in partnership with the Royal Society of Literature https://rsliterature.org/ You can find more writerly conversations in the Free Thinking playlist Prose and Poetry https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047v6vh Adam Scovell is the author of novellas including How Pale the Winter Has Made Us and Mothlight Lauren Elkin is the author of The End of Oulipo? An Attempt to Exhaust a Movement and Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London George Perec's I Remember translated into English by David Bellos and Philip Terry has just been published by Editions Gallic. Producer: Ruth Watts