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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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A Second Life

Paperback / Hardback / Ltd HBK

0905291387 / 0905291395 / 0905291409

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Poems by William Scammell


William Scammell was born at Hythe, in Hampshire, and left school at fifteen. He worked for ten tears in various factories and offices, and then as a photographer, before going to university as a mature student. A Second Life is his second collection of poems. His first collection, Yes & No, was published by Harry Chambers / Peterloo Poets in 1979 and has sold out. Review notices said:

’This is Scammells first book, and a very praiseworthy one. His style owes a lot to Auden, but this is no bad thing . . . The poems also show, a better sign still, a good deal of willingness to use different shapes and forms, including the stanzas used by old poets . . . Satire and intelligence give other poems an edge that much contemporary British poetry lacks . . . The whole effect is of a very enjoyable and heartening first book.’
                                        Gavin Ewart, British Book News

Yes & No, the latest of the excellent volumes from Harry Chambers / Peterloo Poets, is a likeable, well-written first book from a poet with a gift for landscape-description and a sharp awareness of values, moral and aesthetic . . . [Yes & No] shows intelligence and honesty, as well as skill with language: qualities which are always in short supply, and which may lead Mr. Scammell to poetry of real strength.’
                             Grevel Lindop, The Times Literary Supplement

’William Scammell takes the quotidian and turns it into something rich and strange – landscapes, domestic events or literary events are transcribed and celebrated in an exotically illuminating language which yet remains accessible.’



Bald, stinking, wrinkled – mark the Queen
her breast deep-frozen in brocade.
Blood lechers still in every vein
commanding coxcombs ply their trade.

Straddling the seas in courtly love
her ports and inlets mapped for use
Britannia summons favours of
her favourites, for self-abuse.

I too stood next her once. She wore
a throb of musk on hectic skin
and waved her maids out at the door
and eyed me with her famishing.

Crazed with power, she simpers by
among her sworded gallants, hums
a snatch of my old lyric cry
stirring her fleet of gorgeous bums.

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Cover illustration: a detail from ‘Bathers Asnières’ by Georges Seurat. Reproduced by courtesy of The Trustees, The National Gallery, London.
Publication: NOVEMBER 1982 (60 pages laminated paperback / hardback / Ltd signed hardback)