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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Party People



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Poems by Meg Seaton


Party People

After the war he lingered on
dashing and sallying through the air
on various employment.

She in her flinty cottage
dabbling and daubing welcomed
his ton-up forays from the flying field.

Then, he demobbed, she pregnant,
hugely amused they married,
called their friends and neighbours.
Artists and airmen, fishermen,
babies and wives spilled joy
in rowdy sound from disapproving walls
far from the inimical North Sea.

Their legend went before them into Hampstead.
They were the party people.

Through thirty years it grew.
Birth, marriage, death, any excuse or none.
No-need for baby-sitters, bring the kids,
we’ll all mix in and carry memories
beyond the hangovers of splendid warmth
laced with improbable good fellowship.

It fell apart.
Their children grew and scattered.
Restless he flew to Rio,
died in the bed of some too lithe senora.

She stayed in her own corner, let out rooms,
her pictures smudgy now, unsaleable,
ghost laughter on the stairs.
Her unsprayed cat teeming with kittens
gives raucous parties in the tangled garden.


Price 6.95 per copy post free (4.65 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: Charles Dickens (1812-1870) with his daughters. Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery, London.