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 3



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Edited by Harry Chambers


The poets represented in Peterloo Preview 3 are: Colin Archer who spent many years in social work management before taking a 1st in English as a mature student and becoming Writer-in-Residence at a Hospice; David Pell Goodwin, a Zimbabwean who lectures in Land Surveying at the University of Zimbabwe; Diana Hendry, a writer and journalist who was the 1991 Whitbread Children’s Novel Award winner; Frederick Jones who lectures in the Department of Classics at the University of Liverpool and was a prizewinner in the 1991 Northern Poetry Competition; Joan McGavin, a Scot who attended the school which was the model for the one in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and who now teaches creative writing in Southampton; and Graham Seal who lives now in Cornwall, but who has worked as a surveyor for a seismic crew in the Canadian bush, and as an attendant in a mental hospital.


Large Shapes
by David Pell Goodwin

Right now I would like to see massed leaves on trees,
Casting ink-pool shadows, like a child’s finger painting.
I am tired of the winter filigrees.

I wish for cumulus cloud piles,
Blue with rain, like foothills. I have wearied
Of mist’s wisps, and vaulted vapour trails.

I cast back for the elephant herds,
Which passed stamping and uprooting trees,
I have had my fill of squirrels and garden birds.

But branches, mist and birds are symptoms, I suppose,
Of a surfeit of small thoughts. My longing
Is for a global wisdom, a universal purpose.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover  illustration: ‘Homer, going his round’ from The Poets’ Corner by Max Beerbohm, London 1904. (Courtesy of Mrs Eva Reichmann).
Publication: AUTUMN 1993 (96 pages laminated paperback)