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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COOK, Stanley

Form Photograph



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Poems by Stanley Cook


Form Photograph is a set of thirty close-ups of ‘the perennial thirteen-year-olds that I have taught’, every one of whom will be recognised by readers of this journal. Stanley Cook, in this assembly at least, has caught in his register a kind of South Yorkshire Spoon River. He writes with compassionate sincerity.”
The Use Of English

“No quotation does justice to the wit and humanity of the whole sequence.”
The Teacher

“ . . . a very interesting booklet . . . flat, sober, intelligent efforts to concentrate on the differences between one thirteen-year-old bit of humankind and another . . . As Edward Thomas pointed out in first drawing attention to the not dissimilar talents of Robert Frost: this is poetry not because it is clever or exotic or impressive but because it is better than anything prose can do.”
Robert Nye / The Times

“Such interest in people is rare in modern poetry.”
The Critical Quarterly

Stanley Cook
was born in a South Yorkshire village in 1922. He read English at Oxford and, after teaching in schools in Lancashire and Yorkshire, became a lecturer at Huddersfield Polytechnic. He is married, with one son and two daughters. In 1972 he was the winner – from a field of over 1,200 – of the Cheltenham Festival / Sunday Telegraph “Poem For Our Time” (100) Poetry Prize.



Average: named after a Prime Minister
To conceal the fact. Halfway through the lesson
Ask him a question and find from his answer
What the rest will know. Belongs to the Scouts
And Sunday School, but not for much longer;
Plays football in the Park but not for the School;
Had a fortnight’s holiday but not abroad
And went in a car, that belonged to his uncle.
His father and mother are probably still in love
But were never madly so. He will travel the rivers
Of Life and Death without once rocking the boat.


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