Helen Mort and Katie Hale

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Helen Mort and Katie Hale


Where Do We Draw The Line?

Two poets-turned-novelists talk about the process of writing their debut works of fiction and whether being poets already gave them an advantage in writing that first novel. How do the art forms of poetry and prose inform one another and how do their novels reflect this?  

Katie Hale’s debut novel, My Name is Monster was published by Canongate in 2019. She is the author of two poetry pamphlets: Breaking the Surface and Assembly Instructions which won the Munster Fool for Poetry Chapbook Prize. She is a former MacDowell Fellow and Wordsworth Trust Poet in Residence. She regularly runs poetry workshops in schools.

Helen Mort has published two poetry collections with Chatto & Windus - Division Street and No Map Could Show Them. 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).


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Borderlines Book Festival has been developed through partnership working between public and private enterprise. The three partners are: Bookends of Carlisle; Cumbria County Council’s Library Service and Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust.

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