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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Fables For Love: Poems New & Selected



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Poems New & Selected
Poems by Bill Turner


Bill Turner was born in York in 1927, but an early transplant to Glasgow left him permanently encumbered by a Scottish accent, despite living in Leeds, Malvern, Bedford, and Lincoln since then. He edited and hand-printed fifteen issues of The Poet between 1951 and 1956. He has been a Creative Writing Fellow at four institutes of learning, and has taught creative writing for the WEA and The Arvon Foundation. At the time of this volume he has had six plays for radio broadcast, and six novels published, yet prefers to give most of his time to poetry still. His first six collections of poetry , all now out of print, were published by E. Price Turner.

From review notices:

’His work is forthright, and full of intellectual and verbal curiosity. In some of the humorous pieces in this book he leaves the best-selling Liverpool poets standing.’
                                    Roy Fisher, The Birmingham Post

’From The Rudiment Of An Eye to The Flying Corset, Fables From Life and later poems, increased skill in delineation goes with the emergence of a tone of voice that we recognise. The voice ranges between a mocking humour and a fairly swinging satire. It draws an alert bead on the contemporary world, but seems more original and distinctive in allowing for an element of the grotesque.’
                                   Edwin Morgan, Contemporary Poets

’Equally original, these poems are even more vivid than Mr Turner’s earlier ones. He belongs to no school or group, and speaks with his own voice.’
                                   Bonamy Dobree, The Yorkshire Post


Behind The Times

Just around the era when the entire trade
switched over to digitals and quartz innards,
old Arthur started on digitalis tablets
and feet up on his stall between customers.
Funny how such a sharp merchant, lumbered
with a dicky ticker, should still fret about
clocks losing character and stuff like that.
He began to mutter about chucking his pitch.
But when his time came he stood surrounded
by old-fashioned movements, inlaid cases.
New-fangled cheapjack lines, already obsolete,
were sent flying like space capsules as Arthur
staggered and dropped: one more stopped clock
in a world where everything must go.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
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Publication: JULY 1985 (80 pages laminated paperback)