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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A Reply to Intercepted Mail



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(a verse-letter to W.H. Auden)

Poems by Anna Adams


Anna Adams was one of the ten finalists in the 1977 Cheltenham Festival of Literature Poetry Competition. Her poems have appeared in P.E.N. and Arts Council Anthologies and have been broadcast on the BBC Closedown programme. In 1978 she was awarded a Yorkshire Arts bursary. She is married to the painter Norman Adams, who designed the cover of this volume.


An extract from: A Reply To Intercepted Mail


Excuse this letter from a world you left
so lately, but you may have sympathy
with one who imitates the way you briefed
Lord Byron on the twentieth century
from Iceland; for my importunity
is not unique, though forty years have fled
since you accosted Byron, also dead;

but whether less or more so, who can say?
Are there degrees of deadlines? Do years lie
like leaves over the dead, in the same way
as sediment is laid down in the sea,
so you will never pierce the boundary
that time has stacked between you, never meet
and talk with Byron in Elysian street?

Or are times walls and fences all removed
by death’s great gale, till centuries collapse,
and prisioned generations who have lived
in separate enclosures, dead-end traps
in history’s maze, are loosed - to dance, perhaps-
on that great plain whose unmapped latitude
I dare not name, for fear of platitude?


Price 1.35 per copy post free
Cover design: Norman Adams
Publication: DECEMBER 1979 (38 pages laminated paperback).