our facilitators

We have three core facilitators on our team, and often invite guest writers and artists to lead workshops for us.  Any ideas, thoughts, or project proposals are welcome….


Christina Thatcher 

christinaChristina Thatcher is an American graduate of the Creative Writing MA program at Cardiff University. While studying, she fell in love with Wales and now runs creative writing workshops for at-risk youth and community members across the valleys. Christina keeps busy in Cardiff too where she facilitates the local ‘Roath Writers’ group, hosts open mic events around the city, and more.

Christina oversees Halfmoon’s walking & writing workshops based across the Welsh/English border, taking Halfmoon to exciting new landscapes, and new heights.


Helen Calcutt 

Helen is Founder and General Manager of Halfmoon Workshops, overseeing all of Halfmoon’s projects. As a writer she produces poetry, and arts journalism on commission.  Her creative and critical work has been published globally, featuring in journals such as Equinox (Aude, France) The London Magazine (UK), The Salzburg Review (Austria) Poetry Scotland, Fused, Bare Fiction (UK) and The New Yorker (U.S.A.)  Helen is also a successful dance artist, teacher and choreographer. Her new project ecriture corporelle – a ‘bodily writing” launched at the internationally acclaimed Poetry International Festival in July 2014, and is set to tour extensively across the UK from August 2015. Calcutt is author of ‘Sudden rainfall’ her first collection of poetry, published by experimental English publishing house Perdika Press. She is currently working on her second full-length collection under the working title ‘Siren’.

Helen would be very happy to help you with any enquiries about what Halfmoon do, and how you can book with us: halfmoonworkshops@gmail.com




David Calcutt 

bugged-launch-81David Calcutt is a poet, playwright and novelist. His first novel ‘Crowboy’ was published in 2008 by Oxford University Press, followed by ‘Shadow Bringer’ in 2009 and ‘Map of Marvels’ in May 2010. He is the winner of the Sacred Earth Drama Award for his play, Gifts of Flame judged by Ted Hughes, and has written and directed several large-scale community plays and original plays and adaptations for BBC Radio. His more recent work includes a project on poetry and dementia, and  a new play,  The Ward, for Midland Midland Actors Theatre, based on works by Anton Chekhov.

David runs many of Halfmoon’s Midlands based workshops.



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