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Spireites Appoint Poet in Residence

11 November 2013

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Helen Mort, who was recently appointed as the latest Derbyshire Poet Laureate, has accepted an invitation to be the Poet in Residence at Chesterfield FC as part of her role.

Football is often referred to as the beautiful game and it can excite and frustrate, sometimes in equal measure. Helen will be aiming to put those emotions into words.
"For many people poetry seems abstract and difficult to relate to,” said Helen. “I'd like to help to break those barriers down and being involved with my home town football club may just help."
Helen, who was raised in Chesterfield, recently attended her first game at the Proact Stadium and went away with a head full of ideas. She said: "Stadium announcer Howard Borrell suggested I might like to get involved with the club and his enthusiasm rubbed off. 
“I really can see so many opportunities to identify with a new audience and enable fans to enjoy writing that brings to life their favourite sport. It's early days yet but I hope to get my first football piece out before Christmas and I really hope supporters will be able to relate to my work."
A five-time winner of the Foyle Young Poets Award, Helen was previously Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust at Grasmere in the Lake District in 2010. 
Helen, 28, will have a two-year term as Derbyshire Poet Laureate until September 2015. ‘Division Street’ – a collection of Helen’s poems – was recently published by Chatto and Windus. 

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