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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MOLE, John

Boo to a Goose



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Poems by John Mole


Boo to a Goose brings together a selection of the poems John Mole has been writing for children of all ages and most persuasions over the past fifteen years. It contains rhymes, riddles and more serious meditations on the preoccupations of childhood. It ends with a circus sequence, 'The Big Top', which was originally commissioned as the libretto for a music-and-mime entertainment and is ideally suited to classroom use.

Boo to a Goose makes a welcome addition to the range of contemporary poetry for children. John Mole is regarded as one of our most versatile poets, and Mary Norman's witty, observant illustrations are a delight in themselves.

’John Mole joins Ted Hughes and Charles Causley in that select group of contemporary poets who can write for children with complete directness and sincerity.’
Use of English

’John Mole, so excellently a communicator to children, is the ideal poet to give pupils an entry into the best of contemporary poetry’.
The School Librarian

’He writes conspicuously well on themes which touch on children.’
Financial Times

’. . . one of the most accomplished and salutary poets of the age.’
Poetry Review


Price 6.95 per copy post free (4.30 post free to Associate Members)
Illustrations: by Mary Norman
Publication: 1987 (68 pages laminated paperback)