A talented poet could be about to claim her biggest prize yet after being nominated for the prestigious TS Eliot Prize.
Helen Mort, 28, who was brought up in Chesterfield, is one of ten nominees after her collection of poems called Division Street was selected from 113 books.
The presentation will take place at the SouthBank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in London next January with the winner receiving £15,000.
Helen, who has been writing since the age of 11, said: “It’s a dream come true to be nominated.
“My family is thrilled to bits.
“I’ve been to this awards ceremony before but only in the audience.
“I’ve watched writers go up for their awards but I never thought that one day it would be me.
“If I win I’ll go on a rock climbing holiday,” she added.
Her 58-page collection is based on the battle between the police and the miners when she was growing up.
Helen was recently appointed the Derbyshire Poet Laureate, a role which involves holding workshops and visiting schools across the county.
The TS Eliot Prize is one of the most-loved events of the literary calendar.
Previous winners include Ciaran Carson, Paul Muldoon, Michael Longley and Seamus Heaney.