David Calcutt lives in the West Midlands and is a playwright, poet, and author of several books for young people. He is currently working on a new performance piece in collaboration with fellow writer Sarah Sayeed and director David Allen to be performed in Birmingham in the summer of 2020.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: Ted Hughes. We had a few exchanges by letter, but I would have relished the opportunity of having a face-to-face conversation with him.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (From a book, film, song, speech…)
A: ‘The past is never dead. It’s not even past.’ – William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun.
Q: What is the least interesting part of writing for you?
A: After the initial excitement-rush of note-taking, scribbling lines and phrases here and there, the grind of getting down to making it all make sense.
There’s a tree grows in a wood, an old willow tree. And of an evening when the world is quiet and still, if you are really listening, you will hear the tree speaking. And it tells this story. There was once a young woman who came walking through the wood. It was late on a …