School of the Arts, English and Drama

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25 Sep 2015

New Poet In Residence announced for 2015/16

The School of the Arts English and Drama is pleased to announce that this year’s poet in residence will be Helen Calcutt. Helen will be giving readings and workshops, and helping students with their own writing.

Helen is the author of ‘Sudden rainfall’ her first collection of poetry, which was published by experimental English publishing house Perdika Press and was listed for the PBS Pamphlet Choice Award. Her second collection, Siren, will be published next year. She is also founder of Bodily Writing, or écriture corporelle, a new project ‘celebrating the unique lines of dialogue between dance and poetry’. She has worked with institutions as diverse as Poetry By Heart, Poetry International and the National Trust.

The poet in residence post is funded by the Overton Poetry Prize, which was set up in memory of Professor Bill Overton. Helen will be the judge of this year’s competition. Kerry Featherstone, Lecturer in Creative Writing, said “I was at the launch of Helen’s first collection, and immediately knew that I wanted to invite her to work with our students. We’re really pleased that she accepted the invitation to be poet in residence, and that her residency coincides with the publication of a new collection”.

Helen will also be doing some writing during her time at Loughborough, so don’t be surprised if you appear in a poem one day!