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Helen Mort

Helen Mort

Helen Mort is a poet and novelist. Her collection Division Street[ is published by Chatto & Windus and was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her second collection ‘No Map Could Show Them’ was shortlisted for the Banff Mountain Literature Award. Her latest, The Illustrated Woman (2022) is shortlisted for the Forward Prize. She’s a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and teaches at Manchester Metropolitan University.
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stroam

Do you like to stroll? Are you a fan of roaming? Then you should give stroaming a try. This is a word blend, just like brunch. In her 1796 novel Camilla, Frances Burney described a character who “stroamed into the ball-room, with the most visible marks of his unfitness for appearing in it.” The OED indicates that stroaming involves “long strides” and/or idleness, so watch your form and attitude when out on a stroam. Credits to Mark Peters.

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