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

Staff Photograph



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Poems by Stanley Cook


Staff Photograph is a companion sequence to the widely acclaimed Form Photograph which was first published in 1971.

About the present volume Stanley Cook writes: “No doubt you could work out from these poems what my personal, distorting coefficient of what-makes-a-teacher is. Somewhere in the back of my mind I have taken to pieces all the teachers I ever knew and put them together again with ‘better’ artistic economy.”

Reviewing Form Photograph, The Teacher wrote: “NO TEACHER SHOULD BE WITHOUT A COPY.”

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.



Is his greyness the worry of accumulated detail
Or does he need to change his razor blade?
Staff representative, the only one
Except in crises to go to the local meetings,
He stores the official handouts in his cupboard
Where filing cabinet merges into litter bin,
Forecasts pension rights and demonstrates
The Education Office gets, alas,
Your salary right. He always finishes
The syllabus by Easter, spots the questions
And, knowing the O level mark for a perfect definition,
Sees his candidates know them backwards
(No obvious advantage in knowing them,
At that stage, forwards). A kindly man,
Who from a generous impulse sees appendices
And multiplies your money by vulgar fractions.


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