Born in London in 1910, Clive Sansom went on to have several of his volumes of both adult and children’s poetry published. He also wrote plays.
His love of nature and the English poets of the past run through his poetry. Another clearly discernable element of his poetry is Sansom’s belief in the importance of poetry emerging out of natural speech rhythms. In the 1930s, he studied speech and drama at the Regent Street Polytechnic and the London Speech Institute, before studying phonetics at London University and joining the London Verse Speaking Choir. During this time he met the poet Ruth Large, who he went on to marry in 1937. In 1949 they moved to Hobart, Tasmania.
Clive Sansom died in 1981.