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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CHAMBERS, Harry (Ed)

Peterloo Preview 2



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Edited by Harry Chambers


The poets represented in Peterloo Preview 2 are: Robert Hull, an ex-tennis professional who has written Behind the Poem (Routledge, 1988), an acclaimed study of children’s writing; Michael Laskey, co-ordinator of the 1st Aldeburgh Poetry Festival (1989) and joint winner of the 1988 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition; Neal Mason, a self-employed writer living in Wales whose plays and stories have been broadcast on radio; Mark Roper, an Englishman who has been living in Ireland for some years and a founder-member of the Waterford Writers’ Workshop; Rosamund Stanhope, a wartime radio mechanic in the W.R.N.S. who trained for the stage and for teaching drama and whose legs have been partially paralised since breaking her back in 1963; and Pamela Stewart, an American who has been living in Cornwall and who writes because she cannot draw. Peterloo Preview anthologies will appear at intervals of two years.


The Lapsing, Unsoilable, Whispering…
by Rosamund Stanhope

The lapsing, unsoilable, whispering
sea totes sewage, urban waste
sludge from Landore
Margam’s effluent, stink and rust
scoriae, beachcombings, orts, litter.

In Bathurst Street yobs bawl. The night air’s
all pitch and twine, the lewd smell
of patchouli and woman.
Maybe there’s a case
for putting the blarney on,
seeing the stars in a puddle.


Price £7.95 per copy post free (£5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover  illustration: Copper engraving from G.P. Harsdörfer: “Frauen-zimmer Gesprechspiele / Anderer Theil” (Nűrnberg 1657).
Publication: AUTUMN 1990 (96 pages laminated paperback)