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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Yes And No



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Poems by William Scammell


William Scammell was born in 1939 at Hythe, Hampshire. He left school at 15 and worked in a wide variety of jobs – including journalism and photography – before returning to full-time study as a mature student at Bristol University. Since then he has worked as an adult education tutor, first with the WEA in Gloucestershire, currently as Staff Tutor in Literature in Cumbria for Newcastle University’s Department of Adult Education. He is married, and has two sons. After many years of writing prose, he began writing poetry in the early 1970’s. Yes And No is his first collection.

Harry Chambers / Peterloo Poets

‘First, something just has to be said about the quality of the books that are coming from Harry Chambers / Peterloo Poets. They are a delight and superior to any paperbacks that I have seen recently from what are usually thought of as our leading publishing houses.’
Neil Curry / AMBIT (1979)

‘Harry Chambers continues to give remarkable value with his Peterloo Poets.’
Christopher Hope / LONDON MAGAZINE (June 1979)

‘Side Effects, beautifully produced and a pleasure to handle, is the most accomplished first book of poems I have come across in several years. Quite simply, it demands to be read.’
Charles Causley SW (May/June 1979)


Death of Auden

Yes he was deeply unhappy
and will live as before with regret.
Queerly prescient his words will continue
to race round the track and be met

by these who also watch truth
white-coated on the tracks of skill:
one red hand holds the leash
the other the mercy-killer that kills.

Was he a great writer? Heigh
and ho: this way to the museyroom.
The world’s unjust, let’s merely say,
if he’s not in a limestone catacomb

housekeepered by Miss Gee in tights
valeted by friendly dons
Mozart from the stalactites
runic sermons round his bones.

Today in the middle of a dripping wood
the hush of pines held solid dark
as tangible a livelihood
as sunlight in a summer park.


Price £1.50 per copy post free
Cover illustration: PIERO di COSIMO, Profile of a Young Woman (Musée Condé, Chantilly).
Publication: JANUARY 1979 (56 pages laminated paperback)