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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Poems by Peter Bennet


Peter Bennet was born at Ladderedge, near Leek, Staffordshire, in 1942. He was educated at King’s School, Macclesfield, and later studied at Manchester College of Art and at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

After leaving teaching in 1978 he worked as a painter and printmaker before becoming committed to writing. Since then his poems have appeared in several magazines and, with those of Rosemary Scott and Dave Stagg, in the Mandeville Press pamphlet First Impressions. He was a prizewinner in the National Poetry Competition 1981 and in the Sotheby’s (Arvon) International Poetry Competition 1982.

He has worked as a part-time tutor for the Open University, and in Newcastle, where he has helped to organise poetry readings at the Morden Tower, and a remote cottage in Northumberland which was once the home of the nineteenth-century ballad-writer James Armstrong.



Floundering in her pool of faces,
with scarcely chance to scratch an itch,
she dips her head, gulps privacy,
bobs among the pin-up bitches’

buoyant bubs as pink as scampi,
which bring strange fishes looming down.
Glances like the lips of lampreys
are lifting flesh on all her bones.

Despite her aches she twirls to serve
but thoughtlessly displays a thigh.
In frothy swirls the blunt snouts swerve
and every glass contains an eye.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover drawing: by Paul Stangroom from LYC Gallery publication Wall. It belongs to Roger Garfitt, by whose kind permission it is reproduced.
Publication: 1984 (60 pages laminated paperback)