About Helen

Helen Calcutt was born in the Black Country (1988) and now lives in Birmingham. Her pamphlet collection Sudden rainfall (Perdika Press 2013) was shortlisted for the PBS Pamphlet Choice Award, and became a Waterstones best-selling collection in 2016. Her first book of poems Unable Mother, described as both a ‘violent and tender grapple with our cosy notions of motherhood’ (Robert Peake) will be published with V.Press in September 2018. Helen has written award-winning literary reviews for publications such as The Wales Arts Review, Sabotage and TLS, and has taken on writing residences with The National Trust, and Loughborough University. She works as a mentor and writing tutor for the likes of Andrew Motion’s Poetry By Heart, N.A.W.E,  and Writing West Midlands. Helen is also a professional dance artist and choreographer.