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Peter Sansom

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  • Peter Sansom was born in 1958 in Nottinghamshire. For ten years Peter taught the MA Poetry at Huddersfield University, and more recently he was Fellow in Creative Writing at Leeds University. He is currently Company Poet with Prudential. He is also a director with Ann Sansom of the Poetry Business in Sheffield, where they edit The North magazine and Smith/Doorstop Books.

    His influential book, Writing Poems, is published by Bloodaxe (1994). Carcanet publish his four previous collections: Everything You’ve Heard is True, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation (1990), January (1994), for which he received an Arts Council Writer’s Bursary and an award from the Society of Authors, Point of Sale (2000) and The Last Place on Earth (2006). His books have earned admiring reviews and a loyal following. He is married to the poet, Ann Sansom and has four children. He has had a number of jobs: as writer-in-residence with Marks and Spencer, for instance, and as Guest Poet at The Times Educational Supplement, in addition to writing radio plays.

    His poem commissions include for The Guardian, The Observer, Radio Three, The Big Breakfast, a billboard in the centre of Lancaster and The Swedish Club which is a Marine Insurers in Gothenburg.


    Praise for Peter Sansom 'A serious intelligence only lightly disguised as self-mockery and expressed via devastatingly clear-sighted observation.'
    Yorkshire Post
    'His writing gains its vitality from the tension between the desire to remember and the necessity of moving on.'
    Poetry Review
    'A congenial writer, whose usually informal metrical sense is, nevertheless, decisive and intuitively informed.'
    Times Literary Supplement
    'Personal, political, powerful'
    Morning Star 
     '...brilliant at evoking the tender details of a working-class childhood in the 1960s -- after the war and before "give peace a chance"'
    Andy Croft, the Morning Star
    '...a mature assurance which results in poems that are always entertaining and frequently something more'
    Carol Ann Duffy, the Guardian
    '...witty, realistic and imaginative. Auden, Hayden and Uccello live in his pages as happily as snooker stars, Tesco and Extra Strong Mints'
    Peter Porter, the Observer
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