A NEW poet laureate has been appointed for Derbyshire.
Helen Mort has been put into the role by Derbyshire County Council and has become the fifth Derbyshire Poet Laureate. Her two year term is until September 2015.
Helen, who was born in Sheffield in 1985 and grew up in Chesterfield, has an impressive track record in the world of poetry having been the five-times winner of the Foyle Young Poets Award.
She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 – an accolade given to poets under the age of 30 in memory of a man who wanted to encourage young poets. The following year she won the Manchester Young Writer Prize.
Helen will be appearing at Wirksworth Library on Monday 28 October at 7pm as part of the Derwent Valley Mills Discovery Days Festival. The event is free but places should be booked by contacting Wirksworth Library on 01629 533730.