Peterloo Poets

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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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BARR, Alex

Letting in the Carnival



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Poems by Alex Barr


Alex Barr was born in Manchester in 1940 of Scottish parents. His childhood interests were literary, artistic, and aeronautic, but while at Manchester Grammar School he took a notion to become an astronomer. Finding at university a lack of aptitude in physics (and also flying), he first turned to journalism (becoming, at the zenith of his career, wire editor of the Wichita Beacon), and then, at 27, to architecture, becoming an architect in 1974. He has taught on the Architecture and DipE courses at Manchester Polytechnic.

Letting In The Carnival is his first published book and contains poems written over a period of twenty years. Poems within the collection have appeared in leading journals such as Poetry Review and in several of the annual (New Poetry) anthologies published by the Arts Council.

Alex Barr has also written a play, Futures  which was broadcast on Radio 4 in 1985, and a puppet play, Tom Thumb, commissioned by Theatre Grotesque. In 1980 he won first prize in the Piccadilly Radio Children’s Short Story Competition.



Rain. Off to rendezvous down the ginnel.
What are the auguries? A signal’s
what I need.

No flowers to unpick: ‘She loves me not/
she loves me’. Only, at my feet,
rain-loving creatures.

This worm’s aglow, red neon looped
into some unfamiliar script
I’ll never read.

This beetle, stiff, polished, serious,
hurries in case I commandeer his
scarlet dispatches.

This snail’s on course two-zero-nine,
aerials taut with bulletins
I’m not receiving.

R minus one. Uncertain features
loom. Time-skewered, I salute such creatures:
damp and thriving.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: Georges Rouault, “Nous croyant rois” (und halten uns fűr Kőnige) from “Misere”, 1922-1927. Courtesy of Museum Ludwig, Kőln.
Publication: AUTUMN 1984 (56 pages laminated paperback)