About Helen

Helen is the author of two volumes of poetry, ‘Sudden rainfall’ (Perdika Press, 2014) a PBS Pamphlet Choice, and ‘Unable Mother’ described as a ‘a violent and tender grapple with our cosy notions of motherhood’ (Robert Peake) published by V.Press in 2018. Her new pamphlet ‘Pale deer, soft-footed’ will be published by Verve Poetry Press, in Autumn 2020.

Helen’s poetry and critical writing has featured in the Guardian, The Huffington Post,  The Brooklyn Review, Wild Court, Poetry Scotland, and The London Magazine, among many others. She is creator and editor of acclaimed poetry anthology ‘Eighty-Four’ (Verve Poetry, 2019) in aid of the leading suicide prevention charity CALM. It was shorlisted for the Saboteur Awards, Best Anthology, 2019, and was a Poetry Wales Book of the Year, 2019. Helen is a visiting lecturer in Creative Writing at Loughborough University, and works as a writing tutor for organisations including The Poetry School, N.A.W.E and Writing West Midlands. Helen is also a professional dance artist and choreographer, and artistic director of dance-theatre company ‘Beyond Words’.


a dance poetry film, by Helen Calcutt and Tina Barnes


a film-poem by Paul Stringer, featuring Nathan Sebastian Lafayette. Words by Helen Calcutt.