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The Charles Causley Festival 2016


The Charles Causley Festival is Launceston's Festival of Literature and the Arts and this year runs from the 3rd to the 5th of June.  We are supported using public funding by the Arts Council of England and many other local businesses.

Charles Causley was born in Launceston, Cornwall in 1917 and is acknowledged as one of the very finest poets of the twentieth century. He lived in Launceston all his life, apart from six years in the Royal Navy.

After World War II Charles Causley worked as a teacher in Launceston. He was a popular and admired figure and this admiration is evident in the great affection in which his memory is held today.

His poetic reputation was worldwide and brought him many awards including The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 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 an Hon D.Litt from the University of Exeter, where his archive is now held.

Charles Causley died in 2003 and is buried next to his mother in St. Thomas Churchyard, barely 100 yards from where he was born.

Cyprus Well, Causley’s home which is now managed by The Charles Causley Trust

The Charles Causley Trust exists to keep alive the memory of the late Charles Causley and to promote writing in the community and the region in which he lived. A central focus of the work of the Trust is the continued development of Charles Causley’s house, No.2 Cyprus Well, in Launceston, and its preservation and interpretation for future generations.

We hope that the Charles Causley Festival will further enhance his reputation and bring his work to the attention of new audiences. We also want to offer the opportunity for audiences, both local and visiting, to hear and meet contemporary poets, writers and artists in intimate surroundings, enabling people of all ages to enjoy words and music in this historic town, the ancient capital of Cornwall.

Click here for more about this year's festival, including the full programme of events.




Launceston Town Hall
Westgate Street
PL15 7AR