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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From the Other Side of the Street



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Poems by John Latham


John Latham is a physicist. Many of the poems in this, his second Peterloo collection, have won major prizes in national poetry competitions. The title poem won 1st prize in the Stroud International Poetry Competition, 1983. Several of the poems in this collection have been broadcast on Poetry Now (BBC Radio 3). John Latham is one of the most original poets to have emerged in recent years. His first volume, Unpacking Mr Jones (Peterloo, 1982), has sold out in its first impression, but a second impression is now available.

From a review notice of Unpacking Mr Jones:

‘Whether writing from the child’s-eye view or the man’s, John Latham emerges from this sad, funny, tender book as a poet who sees truths from a strikingly original angle of vision.’
Jeremy Hooker / Anglo-Welsh Review


Survival Kit

‘To Dad, for your long journeys’.

Tobacco tin so full it wouldn’t rattle.

A nail, diagonal, skewering three figs
already, staining the paper scroll
marked ‘Contents and Instructions’
in pen-sucked capitals.

Six matches, subdued by candle-wax.

A silver button for flashing coded signals,
dazzling leopards that come too close.

Grandma’s hairnet for trapping fish,
mice swept up by whirlwinds,
juicy butterflies.

Chewing-gum for leaks,
‘A food that lasts forever’.

Sketches showed where north is,
how to bake an elk in mud,
construct an engine for a floating sleigh.

And in a corner, round three apple-pips,
a coil of string
frayed wildly,
as if my son, left-handed,
couldn’t use the kitchen scissors,

or had sawn it with the ‘knife’,
- a sliver of green glass -
its edge darkened
with a quarter-moon of blood.


Price 4.50 per copy post free
Cover illustration: Edward Hopper, ‘Nighthawks’, Oil on Canvas, 1942. By courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago. © The Art Institute of Chicago. All Rights Reserved.
Publication: AUGUST 1985 (72 pages laminated paperback)