David Calcutt

David Calcutt

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.