A brief biography
Causley was born in Launceston in Cornwall, and spent most of his
life there. After serving in the navy in the second world war (an
experience he wrote about in Hands to Dance and Skylark),
he worked as a teacher in Launceston and began publishing verse
in the 1950s. His poetry includes many references to Cornwall and
its legends, and in his later years he published many books of verse
for children, several of which have been illustrated by prominent
addition to his poetry, Causley wrote plays, short stories and opera
librettos. He was also a prolific editor of collections of poetry.
In 1958 Causley was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
and was awarded a CBE in 1986. Other awards include the Queen's
Gold Medal for Poetry in 1967. He was presented with the Heywood
Hill Literary Prize in 2000. Between 1962 and 1966 he was a member
of the Poetry Panel of the Arts Council of Great Britain.
was very highly regarded by his fellow poets, and on his 70th birthday,
many of them, including Ted Hughes, Elizabeth Jennings, Roger McGough
and Seamus Heaney contributed to a collection of poetry and prose
tributes published in his honour.
Causley died in 2003.