National Poetry Day: Charles Causley in the News
As you can imagine, the office today is a hub of excited activity as we prepare for the first event of this year’s Exeter Poetry Festival. I’ve been excitedly posting poem quotes and feeling in a rather good mood all morning. It’s especially exciting to discover that Charles Causley is in the news today (for reasons aside from our own Charles Causley Reading). A group of young artists won a competition to design something to appear on screen in London Piccadilly.
This just so happens to be Charles Causley’s “I Am The Song”
I am the song that sings the bird,
I am the leaf that grows the land,
I am the tide that moves the moon,
I am the stream that halts the sand,
I am the cloud that drives the storm,
I am the earth that lights the sun,
I am the fire that strikes the stone,
I am the clay that shapes the hand,
I am the word that speaks the man.
Lines from this poem will appear surrounded by original artwork from young digital artists and animators.
About Charles Causley:
Charles Causley was born in 1917 and is acknowledged as one of the very finest Twentieth Century English poets. He lived all his life in Launceston in Cornwall, where he was a popular and admired figure and, for many years, a much-loved school teacher. His poetic reputation was worldwide and brought him many awards; among them The Queen’s Gold Medal and The Ingersoll/TS Eliot Award. He was made a CBE in 1986 and a Royal Society of Literature Companion of Literature in 2000. He received the Hon DLitt from the University of Exeter, where his archive is now held. He died in 2003.
Cyprus Well has had a close relationship with the Charles Causley Trust since we were founded in 2009. Indeed, the organisation is named after the poet’s house (in case you were wondering about the name). We’re also working closely with the Trust and Cornwall Council in a plan to save Charles Causley’s house, and open it up for writers to use as a retreat regionally, nationally, and internationally.
The first event of the Exeter Poetry Festival is the Charles Causley Reading featuring great poets who are based in the region; Christopher Southgate, Julie-ann Rowell and Hilary Menos. If you’d like to come and celebrate National Poetry Day with us, come to the Devon and Exeter Institution on Cathedral Green for a 7pm start.
In the meantime, happy reading!