From early lyrics focused in the natural world, he quickly developed his own distinctive narrative style, encompassing a sharp eye for detail, an acute grasp of character, and a wonderful ability to evoke atmosphere and situation. A distinguished and intellectually sustaining body of work, it does not forget that we also think through feeling, seeing and touching. Those qualities are augmented by a challenging moral heft and a sense of the consequence and implications of our actions in both personal and political domains.
"Mort is prepared to employ rhyme, half-rhyme and internal rhyme, and there are a couple of sonnets here. His control of the verse-line and the verse-paragraph are as impressive as his incisive way with words and images."
Planet on A Night on the Lash
"Mort has always been a master of technique, of 'show not tell', and his poems evoke the noises and smells of other countries, the unique atmosphere of other lives and times"
"Graham Mort is acknowledged as one of contemporary verse's most accomplished practitioners... A master technician, Mort forswears flash and glamour in favour of an architectural attention to the relationship between form and language, fitting words to lines with a dexterous fluency."
Graham Mort has had a lengthy career as a freelance writer and artist in education, specialising in innovative combined arts projects. He has taught writing courses for the Arvon Foundation and Taliesin Trust and was director of studies for the Open College of the Arts. He lectures in Creative Writing at Lancaster University where he directs the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research and develops writing projects in Africa for the British Council. Amongst his many awards are the Cheltenham Poetry Competition first prize (twice), a major Eric Gregory Award, two Duncan Lawrie prizes in the Arvon Foundation International Poetry competition, and a Poetry Book Society recommendation.