For July we are Celebrating all things Causley and Launceston in our Gallery! Come and see 17 beautiful Pieces for the month of July.
Charles Causley CBE, FRSL, Hon. D.Litt. was born on 24th August 1917 in the Newport district of the town of Launceston in Cornwall -- in a small rented cottage standing just by the River Kensey, its mediaeval packhorse bridge, and St. Thomas Parish Church. The site of his birth is now a private house, marked by a plaque installed by the Town Council.
He spent most of his life living in the same town (apart from his years of war-time service, a period of teacher-training, and a number of spells as a touring or residential speaker/tutor/writer). He died in the town, at the age of 86, on 4th November 2003.
Causley’s first published collection of poems, Farewell, Aggie Weston, was published by The Hand and Flower Press in 1951. Survivor’s Leave followed in 1953, and his literary reputation was fully established in 1957 with Union Street by Rupert Hart-Davis, featuring an enthusiastic introduction by Edith Sitwell. Other collections of new poems by Causley came out during the 1960s: Johnny Alleluia and Underneath the Water. His poetry became widely anthologised, and to he shared volumes with other contemporary British poets. He also cemented his reputation as an anthologist, critic, essayist and broadcaster — especially as the host of BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please for many years.