Peter Sansom was born in 1958 in Nottinghamshire. For ten years he taught the MA Poetry at Huddersfield University, and more recently he was Fellow in Creative Writing at Leeds University. He is currently Company Poet with Prudential. He is also a director with Ann Sansom of the Poetry Business in Sheffield, where they edit The North magazine and Smith/Doorstop Books.

His influential book, Writing Poems, was published by Bloodaxe in 1994. Carcanet publish his collections: Everything You’ve Heard is True, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation (1990), January (1994), for which he received an Arts Council Writer’s Bursary and an award from the Society of Authors, Point of Sale (2000), The Last Place on Earth (2006), Selected Poems (2010) and Careful What You Wish For (2015). He is married to the poet Ann Sansom and has four children. He has had a number of jobs: as writer-in-residence with Marks and Spencer, for instance, and as Guest Poet at The Times Educational Supplement, in addition to writing radio plays.

His poem commissions include work for The Guardian, The Observer, Radio Three, The Big Breakfast, a billboard in the centre of Lancaster, and The Swedish Club which is a marine insurers in Gothenburg.

Books by Peter Sansom




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