All Cornwall Thunders At My Door by Laurence Green

All Cornwall Thunders At My DoorCharles Causley was undoubtedly one of our finest poets, whose poetry covered the widest spectrum, including deceptively simple poems for children. This meticulously researched biography is a must have for anyone who enjoys his work. Events from the poet’s life are described alongside extracts from the poems, so if you’ve ever pondered the significance of any particular imagery created by Causley then you may well find the answer here.
Before WWII he was a bookkeeper in a small company. He spent the war years in the Royal Navy and afterwards trained as a teacher. He completed the training just as a vacancy occurred in the school in Launceston that Causley had attended as a child. He got the position and returned to the town to live with his widowed mother. During the long school holidays they often toured Europe together. They shared houses until she died in 1971.
He was a complex man, seemingly modest and unassuming, but at times it was plain that he had a clear idea of his own worth – given the number of awards he received, it would have been hard not to.
The book reveals his friendship with the leading poets of the time, particularly John Betjeman and Ted Hughes, and quotes an amusing story that Hughes used to tell about the time that Causley took him into school to meet his class.
After retirement from teaching he had spells as Writer-in-Residence at both Australian and Canadian universities.
The author has had access to the poet’s diaries and other personal records in the creation of this first biography. The result is a fine biography from someone who clearly admires and respects his subject, but who hasn’t avoided tackling the potentially difficult areas of Causley’s life. I found it a fascinating read.
It’s available from Amazon in paperback and ebook for Kindle formats.