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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Poems by Ann Alexander


Ann Alexander, who lives in Cornwall with her husband, worked as an advertising copywriter in London for many years, and lately taught advertising skills at Falmouth College of Arts.

Some comments on Ann Alexander’s first collection, Facing Demons:

‘Love Facing Demons. No, love is a weak word. Strongly respond.’
Fay Weldon

‘I have not enjoyed a poetic assembly so much for years . . . the alternation of dry comedy and black comment, all with the same spare mastery of the language, makes her stand out.’
Professor Charles Thomas

‘Facing Demons is a consistently impressive collection, always readable yet grappling with the intangible.’
Jeremy Page, Editor, The Frogmore Papers:


In the wet-faced hours of the night

considering love, or the lack of it;
on-the-other-hand-that -

in these steep and solitary hours
come the raw questions.
And sorrow surfaces as tears,
and moonlight finds me, stretched
like some trussed Gulliver, among
the little, scampering, bossy needs of life:
the pinpricks of the new day’s coming cares.

And yet.
The day will dawn. A bird will sing.
A hundred different clichés spring to life.
Even in this January,
light, unstoppable, will show
the old camellia, up against the wall,
a shout of lipstick red.


Price £7.95 per copy 
Cover illustration: Cur Fox c. 1790, by Thomas Bewick. Engraving courtesy of the Natural History Society of Northumbria.
Publication: SEPTEMBER 2007 (laminated paperback)