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Causley was in demand as an editor of anthologies from early in his career. Most of the books on this page contain original forewards or introductions.
There are a small number of volumes where Causley translated the works of other poets.
As EditorTitlePublisherYearCommentPeninsulaMacdonald1957An anthology of verse from the West CountryRising EarlyBrockhampton1964Illustrated by Anne NetherwoodDawn & DuskBrockhampton1972Illustrated by Gerald WilkinsonPuffin Book of Magic VerseKestrel Books1974Illustrated by Barbara SwiderskaPuffin Book of Salt Sea VersePuffin1978Illustrated by Antony MaitlandBatsford Book of Stories in VerseBatsford1979Illustrated by Charles KeepingThe Sun, DancingPuffin1984Illustrated by Charles KeepingModern folk balladsVista1966In the Music I HearARC1970Poems by children of Launceston Voluntary Primary SchoolOats and Beans and BarleyARC1971More poems / by pupils of Launceston Voluntary Primary School
TranslationsTitlePublisherYearCommentTwenty Five PoemsKeepsake1980Poems by Yugoslavian poet Hamdija Demirovic. Introduction by CausleySchondilieNew Broom Private Press1982Translation from German of an anonymous poem. Illustrated by Robert Tilling; 175 copiesKings’ ChildrenMid-Northumberland Arts Group1986German Ballads by various poets
This page contains information on Causley’s collections of poetry.
Although Causley himself would probably have objected, titles with an asterix indicate that the majority of poems are aimed at children.TitlePublisherYearCommentFarewell Aggie WestonThe Hand and Flower Press1951Survivor’s LeaveThe Hand and Flower Press1953Union StreetRupert Hart-Davis19572nd edition printed. Forward by Edith Sitwell. Contains some poems from previous titles.Johnny AlleluliaRupert Hart-Davis1961Underneath the WaterMacmillan1968Two paperback versions exist; one with same cover as hardback, another with black cover. Designers not attributed.Figure of 8Macmillan1969Collected Poems 1951-75Macmillan19752nd edition printed. Paperback version also issued. US edition published by Godine.Figgie Hobbin*Macmillan1970Illustrations by Pat Marriott.Figgie Hobbin* WalkerWalker1973American edition with illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman. Fewer poems than the English editionSecret DestinationsMacmillan1984Paperback edition also issued in 1986.Early in the Morning*Viking1986Illustrated by Michael Foreman. Music by Anthony Castro. A paperback edition (without the music) was issued by Puffin in 1988.Twenty One PoemsCelandine Press1986Limited edition of 75 bound in quarter-leather, and the remaining 225 copies bound in quarter buckram. With tipped-in illustrations by Robert Tilling.Jack the Treacle Eater*Macmillan1987Illustrated by Charles Keeping. Paperback edition issued in 1988.A Field of VisionMacmillan1988Paperback edition also issued.Figgie Hobbin*Macmillan1990New edition illustrated by Gerald Rose. Paperback edition issued in 1993.The Young Man of Cury*Macmillan1991Illustrated by Michael Foreman. Paperback edition issued in 1993.Bring in the Holly*Frances Lincoln1992Illustrated by Lisa Kopper. Paperback edition also issued 2000.All Day Saturday*Macmillan1994Illustrated by Anthony Lewis. Paperback edition issued in 1995.Going to the Fair*Viking1994Illustrated by Lianne Payne. Paperback edition issued in 1996.Collected Poems for Children*Macmillan1996Illustrated by John Lawrence. Paperback edition issued in 2000.Selected Poems for Children*Macmillan1997llustrated by John Lawrence. Paperback edition also issued.Collected Poems 1951-1997Macmillan1997Collected Poems 1951-2000Macmillan2000Paperback edition of Collected Poems 1951-1997 with extra poemsFiggie Hobbin*Macmillan2002New paperback edition with illustrations by Tony RossAll Day Saturday*Macmillan2003New paperback edition with illustrations by Tony RossJack the Treacle Eater*Macmillan2002New paperback edition with illustrations by Tony RossThe Young Man of Cury*Macmillan2003New paperback edition with illustrations by Tony RossI Had a Little Cat*Macmillan2009A new paperback edition of Collected Poems for Children
This page contains information on Causley’s published dramas.
There are several unpublished works in the archive. A list of these is planned.TitlePublisherYearCommentRunawayCurwen1936One-act playThe Conquering HeroCurwen1937One-act playHow Pleasant to Know Mrs LearFrederick Muller1948One-act playBenedictFrederick Muller1938One-act Play. Broadcast 27 April 1939 on BBC Western Region. Cast: Michael Holloway, Sylvia Parker, Dennis Anderson, Phyllis Smale, Hedley Goodall.The Ballad of Aucassin and NicoletteKestrel1981Three-act play. Illustrated by Yvonne Gilbert; music by Stephen Neff
This page contains information on books in which Causley shares the content with one or more other poets.
Causley’s poems have appeared in hundreds of anthologies, and it neither practical nor sensible to list all of these. The following list is therefore limited to books where the number of other poets is small or the number of Causley poems included is significant.TitlePublisherYearCommentPenguin Modern Poets (3)Penguin1962Alongside George Barker and Martin Bell. Cover design by Peter BarrettPergamon Poets 10Pergamon Press1970With Laurie LeeWorlds: Seven modern PoetsPenguin1974With Thom Gunn, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Norman MacCaig, Adrian Mitchell, Edwin MorganWords: Broadsheet 5Words Press1974Single poems by Causley and Frank Lissauer. 100 copiesPoets in Hand (A Puffin Quintet)Puffin1985With John Fuller, Elizabeth Jennings, Vernon Scannell and John WalshCharles Causley and Kathleen RaineLongmans’ Poetry Library1989Penguin Modern Poets (6) Penguin 1996 Alongside U.A.Fanthorpe and Elma Mitchell. Cover design by Antonio Agnelo ColacoPenguin1996Alongside U. A. Fanthorpe and Elma Mitchell. Cover design by Antonio Agnelo ColacoUtterly Brilliant PoetryViking2000Edited by Brian Patten and with illustrations by Alsion JayLiteracy EvolveHeinemann2021With Michael Rosen. Illustrated by Robert Yannick
This page contains information on Causley’s prose works. The first section lists complete works, while the remaining sections list original contributions to anthologies or other author’s books.
Forwords and introductions to anthologies which Causley himself edited are listed on the “As Editor” page.
Complete prose worksTitlePublisherYearCommentHands to DanceCarroll & Nicholson1951Short StoriesHands to Dance & SkylarkRobson1979Short Stories with the addition of an autobiographical war memoir.Dick WhittingtonPuffin1976Translations into German and Dutch existLast King of CornwallHodder & Stoughton1978Story illustrated by Krystyne TurskaThe Merrymaid of ZennorOrchard1999Story illustrated by Michael Foreman
Original prose contributionsTitlePublisherYearCommentBoth Sides of the TamarBossiney1974Autobiographical essayCausley at 70Peterloo1987Autobiographical essay
Forewords and IntroductionsTitlePublisherYearCommentA Book of The West CornwallWildwood House1981ForewordPoetry PleaseDent1985Foreword. This popular book has run to many editions.Western Morning ViewsHarbour Books1985ForewordSoho SquaresBloomsbury1991Adventures After SchoolThe Macmillan treasury of poetry for childrenMacmillan1997ForewordThose First AffectionsRoutledge & Keegan Paul1979ForewordAn Octave: poems by Siegfried SassonThe Shenval Press1966IntroductionSelected Poems by Frances BellerbyEnithorman Press1970Introduction
Publications About Causley
There are three categories to this page:
• Poems issued by publishers for general sale
• Limited edition poems either published for sale or for private distribution
• Poems printed on posters or on card for publicity purposes
Issued by publishers for general saleTitlePublisherYearCommentTail of the TrinosaurBrockhampton1972Illustrated by Jill GardinerAs I Went Down Zig ZagWarne1974Illustrated by John AstropHill of the Fairy CalfHodder & Stoughton1976Illustrated by Robine ClignettSong of the ShapesOdhams1977Illustrator not attributedTwenty Four HoursOdhams1977Illustrator not attributedAnimals’ CarolMacmillan1978Illustrated by Judith HorwoodGift of a LambRobson1985Illustrated by Sirley Phelps; music by Vera Grey. Paperback edition issued in 1980Quack said the Billy GoatWalker Books1986Illustrated by Barbara Firth.When Dad Felt BadMacmillan1975Part of the Little Nippers series
Limited EditionsTitlePublisherYearCommentBallad of Charlotte DymondBryanston School1958Illustrated by Lionel MiskinJohnny AlleluiaHeron Court Press196815 copies, each with a holograph of the poem alongside the printed versionTimothy WintersTurret Books1970Cover by Ralph Steadman; music by Wallce Southam. 100 copiesSix WomenKeepsake Press1973Illustrated by Stanley Simmonds. 180 copiesWard 15Words Press1974Limited EditionHere We Go Round The Round HouseNew Broom Press1976Illustrated by Stanley Simmonds. 200 copiesSchondilieNew Broom Private Press1982Illustrated by Robert Tilling; 175 copiesHymnMorrigu Press198375 copiesWhen Dad Felt BadMacmillan1975Part of the Little Nippers series
Posters and CardsTitlePublisherYearCommentInfant SongArts Council1974CardBallad of the Bread Man1968CardSailor’s Carol1951CardI Saw a Jolly HunterDaedelus Press1970CardInnocent’s SongExeter College of Art1971PosterZelahEvans Bros1972Broadsheet as an insert in Child Education QuarterlyAt CandlemasIron Press1984PosterI Saw a Jolly HunterLondon Transport poster (Poems on the Underground)Mary, Mary MagdaleneSt Mary’s ChurchNew Year’s Eve, AthensPosterReturn to CornwallLondon Transport poster (Poems on the Underground)