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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WARD, John

A Late Harvest



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Poems by John Ward


John Ward was born at Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 16 December 1915 and lived there until 1933 before moving to the Manchester area. He is proud of having worked for 43 years as a civil servant in the Social Security field, retiring with an Imperial Service Order and the rank of Senior Principal. He has had more than 70 short stories published over many years, including one in Penguin New Writing, but began to write poetry only in 1967. A Late Harvest is his first published book. Some poems within this collection have appeared in Country Life, Outposts, Phoenix, Poetry Review and PN Review; others have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

’My father’s family lived in North Yorkshire for hundreds of years, my mother’s as long on Tyneside. Our Society has forgotten its roots, however, and it took me until I was forty years of age, including 10 years in the south-west, to realise that I was a North-countryman and always would be. It took me longer still to become curious about my past, about those men and women, my ancestors, whose life and death and suffering had gone into making me who and what I was. Many of the poems in A Late Harvest are concerned with that search and what it uncovered or with the Northcountry which has nourished me. I hope that they may encourage others to celebrate their own inheritance.’ – John Ward


Dutch Master

It’s all there in browns and ochres,
the bare boozer, the sawdust and the spit:
bargees conjuring a rainbow world in drink.

A noisy crowd, nose-picking, toothless,
hair sprouting from their ears like weeds,
tells dirty jokes about the landlord’s wife
or sinks in a pool of vomit on the floor.
A man, caught short, pees through an open window.
Indifferent crones, there for the beer,
submit slack breasts to fumbling hands.

And, in the foreground, cunningly,
the one splash of hot
colour. A man in a scarlet smock,
out on the other side of glee,
sober with shock,
nurses an empty pot,
and stares in horror at reality.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover drawing: ‘High Costa Mill’ by Derek Wilkinson
Publication: 1982 (64 pages laminated paperback)