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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CLARKE, William

Shades of Khaki



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Poems by William Clarke


This belated first collection comes from an author who was first published (1943) by George Orwell in Tribune.

William Clarke was born in London in 1908 and is largely self-educated. He served as a sergeant in RAMC during the Second World War, narrowly missing a watery grave at Dunkirk. He has lectured part-time to various organizations and is on the London Poetry Secretariat list. He has had some 300 poems published in a wide range of leading magazines ranging from The Times Literary Supplement and Reveille to Punch and The Poetry Review. He has been a regular contributor to Tribune.


In A Glasgow Primary School

Perched on the several rungs of a gilded cage
They were like birds, like budgerigars, she thought,
Mechanically intoning what she taught
Without the comprehension that comes with age.
They were to be inducted at every stage
With the bright baubles the authorities bought,
The beads, the plasticine, the cardboard fort,
The illustrations on the printed page,
Till such time as their natural inclination
To leap and dance and play at catch and can
Beyond the barriers of circumstance
Was harnessed to a self-determination
Befitting more the dignity of man
Who may not linger where he must advance.


Price 4.95 per copy post free (3.30 post free to Associate Members)
Publication: 1976 (36 pages laminated paperback)