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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WILKIE, Pamela

In the Lexicographer’s Bedroom



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Poems by Pamela Wilkie


Pamela Wilkie shared Cambridge supervisions with Antonia Byatt and Sylvia Plath, after which she went far - to Algeria, Brazil, Madagascar, The Philippines, and Washington D.C., where she qualified and worked as a speech-language pathologist. She returned to Britain in 1986 for family reasons, and began to write in the bracing airs of Brighton and then Edinburgh. Over many years she has lived from time to time in Italy.

Pamela Wilkie's first full collection, Voyager, was published by Peterloo Poets in 1997. Poems within it have appeared in various leading national magazines and newspapers and have won prizes in major competitions.

’Pamela Wilkie's Voyager is excellently idiosyncratic company on a mystery tour. She can make serious fun out of tinnitus, noses or the quirks of evolution. She looks at tail-less lemurs and a small child crawling backwards and asks ‘Is Evolution wearing off?’ Tough-minded repartee grows out of intelligent and humane observation . . . Lines hit and perplex like Zen koans. There's something Donne-like about her wittily exact compassion and her voracious scope. Bon Voyage!’
Cliff Forshaw, Orbis


In the Lexicographer's Bedroom

Letters scramble out of the books on her shelves,
leap into the air and settle on her pillow -
an impertinent P, a dubious Q, a regal R
jostle for room at the typeface of her forehead;
an S is at her ear, a T at her throat -
her fuddled hands scrabble to clear them away.

How long since she set out along the A road,
or that brilliant summer when she first embraced B -
and moved on, months later, cruelly perhaps, to C . . .
towards the far harbour with its longed-for lights -
X and Y, and the ultimate haven of Z.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: from Folio 29R of The Book of Kells. Copyright © 1993 Studio Editions, London, an imprint of Random House UK Ltd.
Publication: SUMMER 2001 (63 pages laminated paperback)