Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, in 1938, Rodney Pybus was educated at Rossall School, , and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he read Classics & English.
After working for Northern Arts as a literature officer in Cumbria and the Lake District, he moved in 1983 to Sudbury, Suffolk, where he still lives. He has taught creative writing in schools colleges, and a hospital; for many years he taught GCE Advanced level English Literature and Media Studies.
He has held a Hawthornden Fellowship, Arts Council of Great Britain writer's fellowships in Cambridge and Suffolk; tutored creative writing courses in continuing education for the universities of Newcastle and Essex, and poetry courses for the Arvon Foundation in Yorkshire and Devon.
He began publishing his poetry in British magazines in the late 1960s. His first, award-winning collection In Memoriam Milena (Chatto & Windus) appeared in 1973. He has been closely associated since 1964 with the literary quarterly Stand (founded by the poet Jon Silkin in 1952, and still flourishing under the editorship of Jon Glover & John Whale). He was a co-editor with Lorna Tracy and Silkin for many years until the latter's death in 1997.
He has given public readings of his poetry widely in Britain, and also in Ireland, the Czech Republic, France, Australia, and South Africa. Venues include: the Poetry Society, the National Book League, and the Barbican Centre, London; Morden Tower, Newcastle; Suffolk Poetry Society; literature festivals in Cambridge, Newcastle, Lancaster, Sydney, Harrogate, Essex, Galway, Stratford-on-Avon, the universities of Cambridge, Newcastle, Durham, Northumbria, Bolton, Leicester, Sydney, Macquarie (Sydney), Toulouse, and Pierre & Marie Curie (Jussieu), Paris. He has also read his poems in the UK on radio and television (BBC), and on radio in Australia (ABC).
Awards and prizes include: Hawthornden Fellowship; The Poetry Society's Alice Hunt Bartlett Award; Society of Authors research/travel grant; 1st prize, Peterloo International Poetry Competition (1989); 3rd prize, National Poetry Competition (1988); prizewinner, Arvon International Poetry Competition (2006); prizewinner, Bridport Poetry Competition (2007).