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Exclusive Interview With | Helen Mort

As part of our ongoing series of interviews documenting influential people instrumental in the outdoors we recently had the chance to sit down with Helen Mort, British poet and avid outdoor activist.

Helen's poetry has been heavily decorated by the literary elite. She has won the Foyle Young Poets Award five times, the Manchester Young Writer Prize and in 2014 she was named as a ‘Next Generation Poet’ a prestigious accolade announced once every ten years!

As an avid climber and runner, Helen’s work deals with the hopes and fears that outdoor enthusiasts deal with on a regular basis. Her latest collection ‘No Map Could Show Them’ is an especially pertinent collection, as it reflects on brave women throughout history who have paved the way for modern day explorers.

We caught up with Helen at Kendal Mountain Festival, where she was premiering a new conceptual film, a visualisation of her poem, ‘Dear Alison’.

When not creating content for the Blacks Blog and perpetually daydreaming about everything outdoors, Leonie enjoys heading down unbeaten paths and journeying to destinations less travelled.

She has traversed volcanoes in Northern Chile, explored local cuisine in remote Korean Buddhist temples, and rambled along some of Britain’s most classic trails. If the season’s right, Leonie can be found foraging in the local flora and fauna, and rustling up delicious meals from her latest find.

Favourite British Location: Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye

Most Interesting Trek: Salkantay Trek, Peru

Couldn’t Live Without: Packing Cubes

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