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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Making Blue



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Poems by Diana Hendry


Diana Hendry is a writer and journalist who lives in Bristol. As well as poetry she writes short stories and novels for children. In 1991 she won the Whitbread Children’s Novel Award with Harvey Angell. Her poems have appeared widely in leading magazines, and a short sequence was published in Peterloo Preview 3 (1993). In 1976 she won 1st prize in the Stroud International Poetry Competition and in 1993 2nd prize in the Peterloo Open Poetry Competition.

Making Blue, a first full collection, opens with a group of poems set in Crete. There are also poems about pianos, Christmas, family, people real and imaginary, pigeons, and skylarks. Wit, humour, and depth of feeling are distinguishing features of this volume.


Making Connections

Passengers talk through a porthole
to a man in a glass tank.
He has red-rimmed eyes
and a rubber stamp.

A scant metal bridge, humped
like the one on the Willow Pattern plate, spans
two platforms and a view
of the lost igloo city of cars
painted by children.

There’s a photograph booth
(against loss of identity en route),
a news stand with The Plain Truth
available free, in a dark corner,
and a row of telephone cotes
to home in the lonely.

I evesdrop the news -
’He should be here at twelve minutes past four’
(Twelve minutes past, repeated,
as if repetition will bring him for sure) -
and wait for her

who is too young to be running over bridges
after love and trains -
this little go-between, this bridge-hopper
moonlighting between mother and father.

Small as the Chinaman on the plate
she waddles across the bridge with her case.
’Why didn’t you telephone me yesterday?’ I scold
waving love’s big stick.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: Alfred Wallis ‘Small Boat in Rough Sea’. Courtesy of Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge.
Publication: 1995 (64 pages laminated paperback)