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Helen Mort

Thu 30 Mar, 7:00 pm8:00 pm

About the event

One of Britain’s most gifted poets, Helen Mort, talks about her stunning memoir A Line Above the Sky: On Mountains and Motherhood – perfect for anyone who loved H is for Hawk.

Sponsored by Ravenhall Risk Solutions.

Helen Mort has always been drawn to the thrill and risk of climbing: the tension between human and rockface, and the climber’s powerful connection to the elemental world. But when she becomes a mother for the first time, she finds herself re-examining her relationship with both the natural world and herself, as well as the way the world views women who aren’t afraid to take risks.

A Line Above the Sky melds memoir and nature writing to ask why humans are drawn to danger, and how we can find freedom in pushing our limits. It is a visceral love letter to losing oneself in physicality, whether climbing a mountain or bringing a child into the world, and an unforgettable celebration of womanhood in all its forms.

A Line Above the Sky was one of The Guardian’s Books to Watch 2022, Evening Standard Books to Watch 2022, and The Bookseller’s Editor’s Choice.

“A wonderful book – exhilarating and taut, fearless in its explorations of wildness, risk, motherhood, and the inner and outer worlds of the writer.” Jon McGregor, author of Reservoir 13

Helen Mort is an award-winning poet and writer based in Sheffield, and a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has published three poetry collections: Division Street, No Map Could Show Them, and The Illustrated Woman, and a novel, Black Car Burning. Her non-fiction includes Never Leave the Dog Behind: Our Love of Dogs and Mountains and Waymaking: An Anthology of Women’s Adventure Writing, Poetry and Art (editor). She has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and Costa Poetry Award, and won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize (2015).


Event Date: Thursday 30 March

Time: 7pm-8pm

Venue: Cellar Theatre, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 2SP

Tickets: £5 (£3 conc) free for University of Huddersfield staff and students & essential carers

Age guidance: 14+ (U16s should be accompanied by an adult)

Access Guide: Theatre

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Thu 30 Mar
7:00 pm–8:00 pm
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Lawrence Batley Theatre
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street
Huddersfield, HD1 2SP United Kingdom
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