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




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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.

Voyager is Pamela Wilkie’s first full collection. Poems within it have appeared in various leading magazines and newspapers and have won prizes in major competitions.

’Pam Wilkie’s haunting poems are a rare combination of verbal and imagistic exactness with a profound and steady-eyed humaneness. We don’t feel got at by her parables of suffering and injustice; but then, when we look away from the page, we realise we feel all the worse about it because we’ve not been preached at.’
                                              Bernard O’Donoghue


Doctor X

A clammy man
whose circumspect hands have been around
too many cold limbs.
Decorously he works within the law
as, distantly, he walked along the wards.
Do not ask him to vouchsafe
anything beyond the appropriate medication
or the relevant referral.
Do not expect him to laugh
at your death-defying little jokes
or to encourage chat about the weather
in the clinic’s sterile zone.
You’re here for the examination; pass or fail,
it’s immaterial to him.
Never mistake him for a Doctor of Divinity
or Philosophy or other alternative medicine.
He studied at a very eminent School
and Affability was not an option.
Not like your red-blood universities of life.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: 'Ring Tailed Lemur'. Painting by Oenone Hammersley, FRGS.
Publication: AUTUMN 1997 (66 pages laminated paperback)