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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Edited by Harry Chambers and Chris Faram


This anthology consists of 20 very varied commissioned poems by leading British poets on the theme of ‘Neighbours’, together with extracts from taped interviews with each poet and a glossary for foreign readers. The Neighbours anthology should be of interest to anyone interested in good contemporary poetry, but is especially designed to back up transmission by the External Services department of the BBC of a series of English by Radio programmes. English by Radio and Television provides the world’s most comprehensive service of English lessons for foreign learners.
Readings of the poems and interviews with the poets were broadcast on BBC radio from December 13th 1988.


Anna Adams ~ Fleur Adcock ~ Fred D’Aguair ~ Gillian Clarke ~ Carol Ann Duffy
U.A. Fanthorpe ~ Stuart Henson ~Keith Howden ~ John Latham ~ Norman McCaig
Julian May ~ Graham Mort ~ Elma Mitchell ~ M.R. Peacocke ~ William Scammell
Vernon Scannell ~ Ken Smith ~ Adam Thorpe ~ Hugo Williams ~ Kit Wright


New Neighbour
By William Scammell

 Who say I must not
enter his house, but knock and wait.
He is for saving the whale. Other
causes clamour at his windows.
He favours pot, and impulse, and the bicycle;
rolls cigarettes called snout.
Bass guitars palpate the party wall.
He thinks we face extinction.
Dobbs wears beads, one silver earring
and a wrestler’s chest, with which
he seals the doorway of my old friend’s house.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.35 post free to Associate Members)
Cover photograph: Malcolm Baldwin
Publication: 1988 (96 pages laminated paperback)