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Peter Sansom

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  • Peter Sansom was born in 1958 in Nottinghamshire. Carcanet published his first book in 1990. Among more recent titles are Selected Poems and Careful What You Wish For, which won him a Cholmondeley Award in 2016. He has also published Writing Poems (Bloodaxe, 1994, new edition 2024). For ten years Peter taught the MA Poetry at Huddersfield University, and he has been Fellow in Poetry at Leeds and Manchester Universities and Company Poet with M&S and The Prudential. With Ann Sansom he is one of the directors of The Poetry Business in Sheffield and co-editor of The North and SmithDoorstop Books.

    Praise for Peter Sansom 'Peter Sansom's poems are eerie, and funny, and nostalgic and sad. They are full of loss, and yet offer such richness.'
    Helena Nelson, Happenstance
    '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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