Peter Sansom

Peter Sansom

Peter Sansom is a poet and tutor. His publications include On the Pennine Way (Littlewood, 1988) and Everything You've Heard is True (Carcanet, 1990), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His poem commissions include for The Guardian, The Observer, Radio Three, The Big Breakfast, a billboard in the centre of Lancaster and The Swedish Club (a Marine Insurers in Gothenburg).

Over the last 25 years, Peter has led writing workshops in hundreds of schools and workplaces, been Writer in Residence for Marks & Spencer and The Prudential and regular tutor for the Arvon Foundation.

He taught the MA Poetry at Huddersfield for 10 years, was Fellow in Creative Writing at Leeds University, and leads monthly Writing Days and the advanced Writing School course at The Poetry Business. 

He is a director of The Poetry Business in Huddersfield, and co-editor of The North Magazine and Smith/Doorstop Books.




'Witty, realistic and imaginative. Auden, Hayden and Uccello live in his pages as happily as snooker stars, Tesco and Extra Strong Mints' — The Observer

'A mature assurance which results in poems that are always entertaining and frequently something more' Carol Ann Duffy, The Guardian

'Brilliant at evoking the tender details of a working-class childhood in the 1960s – ‘after the war and before give peace a chance' — Andy Croft, Morning Star

'A congenial writer, whose usually informal metrical sense is, nevertheless, decisive and intuitively informed' — Times Literary Supplement

'His writing gains its vitality from the tension between the desire to remember and the necessity of moving on' — Poetry Review

'A serious intelligence only lightly disguised as self-mockery and expressed via devastatingly clear-sighted observation' — Yorkshire Post

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