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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PRYDE, Alison

Have We Had Easter Yet?



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Poems by Alison Pryde


Alison Pryde was born and brought up in Northumberland, leaving (reluctantly) for education in St. Andrews and London, followed by some years living in Switzerland, India and Pakistan. In the late 1960’s she returned to her childhood home and the family farm, which looks north-east to Holy Island, south-west to the Cheviot hills. Have We Had Easter Yet? is her first full collection. The title poem won second prize in the 1994 Peterloo Open Poetry Competition. Other poems in this collection have been broadcast on Radio 4’s Pen to Paper and Fine Lines programmes.

’Alison Pryde’s first collection offers many pleasures. Her style is rooted in the spoken voice – school of U.A. Fanthorpe – and many of her poems seem actually to speak on the page the way that a letter from a friend can. Her subjects are those of a suffered life, to borrow Eavan Boland’s phrase – a dearly loved mother with Alzheimer’s disease, early widowhood, farming, childhood, and travel – and are therefore earned. This accessibility of form and content, combined with a shy, warm humour, and a love of books and history, makes Have We Had Easter Yet? a particularly warm, welcoming, vulnerable, entertaining and truly likeable debut.’
                                                   Carol Ann Duffy


The Boneless Groper

Is it some useless lurker in the park,
Waiting to worry women, after dark?

Is it the adjunct to a specialist’s skill
Examination probe or surgeon’s drill?

Is it some Tolkien fancy Gollum-bound,
Hassling little Hobbits underground?

Caught in the waters close by Milton Sound,
Costing two dollars for a good half pound,
Grilled, baked or buttered in a lordly dish,
The boneless groper’s a New Zealand fish.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: by Josephine Pryde
Publication: SUMMER 1998 (70 pages laminated paperback)