A free workshop exploring trauma and grief
Helen Calcutt’s second collection A mountain that is your grief you can’t utter (supported by Arts Council England) details life after the loss of a brother to suicide, and the test of living with grief, alongside a new-found thirst for life. On this free workshop, you are invited to write about your own significant and profound memories, with Helen’s guidance, gently examining their impact on your life, through their place on the page. For inspiration, we will read poems that openly embrace human complexity, mental health, and trauma from contemporary poets such as Rishi Dastidar and Sharon Olds, to anonymous writings from Native American scripture, and trailblazing American poetry by Robert Lowell. This session will include guided writing exercises, and group discussion. Please come with an open mind, and a desire to create!
*Note* There will be no pressure to openly share with others in the group. Helen will check for trigger words before the writing begins, and if you have any concerns or special requirements, please email ahead of the workshop.
Saturday 30 November, 11.30am – 3.30pm.
All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.
More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.
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Helen Calcutt’s poetry and criticism has featured in The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The London Magazine, The Brooklyn Review, and Southbank Poetry. Her debut pamphlet Sudden rainfall was published by Perdika Press in 2014. It was a PBS Choice. Her full-length collection, Unable Mother, described as ‘a violent and tender grapple with our cosy notions of motherhood’ (Robert Peake) was published by V. Press in September 2018. Helen was awarded a professional development grant from Arts Council England in April 2019 to write her second collection of poems A mountain that is your grief you can’t utter. She is creator and editor of acclaimed anthology, Eighty-Four, a book of verse on the subject of male suicide, grief, and hope. It was shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards 2019. She is a visiting lecturer in Creative Writing at Loughborough University, and a professional dancer and choreographer.
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