Peterloo Poets

Poetry Publishers 1972 - 2009

We are sorry to announce the death of John Whitworth 11.12.1945 to 20.04.19
Many of you will know John was a well loved and respected member of the Peterloo Poets “family” in its day and was a staunch Peterloo Poets supporter over the years.

The funeral will take place at Barham Crematorium Chapel at 12:40pm on Wednesday 22nd May
Barham Crematorium (CT4 6QU) is 9.6 miles (a 20 minute drive) from Canterbury, using the A2 to Dover.
No flowers, please, but any donations would be appreciated, in John’s name, to: Pilgrim’s Hospice, 56 London Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8JA or online at www.pilgrimshospices.org

 Following his editorship of the poetry magazine Phoenix (1958 - 1975), Harry Chambers founded Peterloo Poets in Manchester in 1972.
Peterloo’s first two full collections published in 1976 were Elma Mitchell’s The Poor Man in the Flesh and Edmond Leo Wright’s The Horwich Hennets. Peterloo Poets went on to publish 240 volumes of poetry.

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Harry Chambers & Peterloo Poets:
37 Years of Poetry Publishing

By John Lucas

Harry Chambers & Peterloo PoetsHarry Chambers & Peterloo Poets celebrates a press which, in the 37 years of its existence, has made an impact on contemporary poetry out of all proportion to its apparently modest scale. This is entirely due to one man, Harry Chambers, whose energy, managerial know-how, editorial skills, and unfailingly shrewd eye for good – and often unfashionable – poetry have made the books he has published under the imprint of Peterloo Poets a byword for quality both of production and content.

John Lucas is Professor Emeritus at the universities of Loughborough and Nottingham Trent. He has published 8 collections of poetry, most recently Flute Music, 2006, and is author of many books of literary criticism and history, including studies of Dickens, Clare, and Arnold  Bennett, and England and Englishness and The Radical Twenties. He has played cornet with many jazz groups in the Nottingham area, where he has lived since 1964, and where, since 1994, he has been publisher/editor of Shoestring Press. His book about Greece, 92 Acharnon Street, won the Dolman Award for Best Travel Book of 2007.

“Peterloo Poets is a small publishing house run by Harry Chambers in Cornwall. Its books are sensitively designed; each has a striking illustrated cover and the typography is excellent. The quality of production is much better than the usual standard of poetry paperbacks issued by major publishers.”
G.B.H. Wightman, British Book News


Price 7.95 per copy post free
Cover Illustration: Woodcut after Bertall from Briffanet’s Paris dans l’eau (1844).
Publication: February 2009 (46 pages laminated paperback)