BIOGRAPHY

helen calcutt poet

Helen is a poet, writer, dancer, and movement director. She is the author of two books of poetry, Sudden rainfall (Perdika Press, 2014) shortlisted for the PBS Choice award, and Unable Mother, published by V.Press in September 2018. Helen’s writing has been published in the U.K., Europe, and America, including award-winning essays and reviews for publications such as The Wales Arts Review, TLS, and Unbound. Also trained professionally as a dancer with Trinity and U.K.A., she works across the country as a practitioner of both language and movement.

As a choreographer Helen specialises in cross-arts theatre, creating powerhouse productions for Midland’s Actor’s Theatre, BIDF, Regional Voice, the BBC, Integra Lab, and in film. Her work as both a dance professional and writer has been supported by Arts Council England and Arvon, and her movement-based methods for teaching poetry have been integrated into teacher training programmes, supported N.A.W.E, and The Poetry Society. Helen has been writer-in-residence at The National Trust, and Loughborough University, where she is now also a visiting lecturer in Creative & Professional Writing. She teaches dance technique for the DanceXchange, One Dance U.K., The Birmingham Hippodrome, and in third-year vocational dance study. She is currently editor of ‘Eighty-Four’ a new anthology on the subject of male suicide.