Lawrence House Museum

Charles Causley - his life and work

Charles Causley - "the best poet laureate we never had"

The exhibition of the life and work of local poet, Charles Causley. has been updated this year and is almost certainly the most comprehensive exhibit devoted to Causley ever to be put together.

Included is a rare edition of his first ever published work, a one-act play entitled "Runaway", published when he was only nineteen years of age.  There is also a full-size drawing, reproduced with the permission of the renowned illustrator, Ralph Steadman.  This is from Causley's best loved poem "Timothy Winters".

Also on display are Causley's Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry from 1967 (pictured right)  and his CBE from 1987.

There is also a section devoted to Causley's poetic references to Launceston as well as some memories of his life in the town.

The exhibition demonstrates the breadth of Causley's work over a period of nearly 70 years and clearly shows the love he had for his home town.

Charles Causley
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