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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STEVEN, Kenneth




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Poems by Kenneth Steven


Wildscape brings together some of Kenneth Steven’s best known poems from 20 years of writing. It forms a journey through the year comprising poems from Highland Perthshire and the Hebrides in particular, for it is the people and places of these two parts of Scotland that have defined the bulk of his writing. Six of his collections of poetry have appeared to date.

Kenneth Steven has written a number of books for children and several novels. He translated the Nordic Prize-winning Norwegian novel, The Half Brother, and is involved in the making of programmes for BBC Radio both north and south of the border. A Requiem for St Kilda, a programme he made with the broadcaster Julian May, won the Sony Gold Award for a feature in 2006.

‘Enjoying your work intensely – style and subject’ Ted Hughes

‘There is in every poem some gleam or grain of that lost native country, Eden.’ Kathleen Raine

‘. . . this poet is a worthy successor to such greats as George Mackay Brown, Iain Crichton Smith and Norman MacCaig. Like them, he celebrates Scotland past and present without the least trace of sentimentality.’ Sandra G. McGruther



Is this place really nearer to God?
Is the wall thin between our whispers
And his listening? I only know
The world grows less and less -
Here what matters is conquering the wind,
Coming home dryshod, getting the fire lit.
I am not sure whether there is no time here
Or more time, whether the light is stronger
Or just easier to see. That is why
I keep returning, thirsty, to this place
That is older than my understanding,
Younger than my broken spirit.


Price 7.95 per copy
Cover illustration:  ‘A Wolf’ by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska 1891-1915. Drawing on paper. © Tate, London 2007
Publication: SEPTEMBER 2007 (56 pages laminated paperback).