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Charles Causley

Charles Causley was born in Launceston and spent most of his life here. After serving in the navy during the second world war he trained as a teacher, returning to Launceston to teach in his former primary school. His first collection of poems was published in 1951. His poetry includes many references to Cornwall and its legends, his stature being recognized by his appointment as a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd in 1955. Many of his books of verse for children have been illustrated by prominent artists. In addition to his poetry, Causley wrote plays, short stories and opera librettos.

In 1958 Causley was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and he was awarded a CBE in 1986. Causley was very highly regarded by his fellow poets, and on his 70th birthday, many of them, including Ted Hughes, Elizabeth Jennings, Philip Larkin, Roger McGough and Seamus Heaney contributed to a collection of poetry and prose tributes published in his honour.

Charles Causley died in 2003. His grave may be seen next to that of his mother in the cemetery by St Thomas Church. The Charles Causley Literary and Arts Festival is held each June to celebrate his extensive work. Other Causley related events are held throughout the year. BACK

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