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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A Voyage Round the Moon



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Poems by John Gohorry


John Gohorry was born in Coventry in 1943. He was educated there and at the University of London, where he obtained an M.Phil. in English in 1970. Since then he has been a lecturer in further education.

His previously published work includes five pamphlets of poetry – Joining The Dark (Dodman Press 1975), Five Poems (Kit-Cat Press 1977), A Galanty Show (Fearnhill School Press 1979) Understudies(Priapus Press 1980), and The Coast of Bohemia (Mandeville Press 1981) – and a number of short stories, including Acts of Merit (Encounter 1984). In 1981 he became the co-editor of Grand Piano, the magazine of new poetry. In the same year he won 1st prize in the Michael Johnson Memorial Poetry Competition. A Voyage Round The Moon is John Gohorry’s first full collection.

’John Gohorry is a fine and skilful writer, who ought to be much better known than he is . . . George Szirtes,  Albion


Coming Home

Coming back to the empty house,
we do not ask what it has done
in our absence. The chairs have
remained chairs, the carpets
undertaken no voyages to remote
lands. The china dog and the
Sevres cat have not quarrelled.

Nothing has got on anything’s
nerves, nor have confidences
been exchanged. No book-battle
has taken place in the study.
We repossess what we left, just
as we left it; there is no
scuttle of things re-arranging.

To suppose otherwise is fanciful
nonsense. Not for us the nave
frisson of imagining rooms
devoid of our voices, variations
on the domestic fallacy. That breath
filling the house as we hang coats
commonsense tells us, must be ours.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: from Saverio Bettinelli’s Il mondo della luna. Poema eroico-comico. Printed by Remondini (Venice, 1754). Courtesy of E. P. Goldschmidt and Company Ltd and the Curator of Rare Books at the William R. Perkins Library, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
Publication: 1984 (78 pages laminated paperback)