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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Don Marcelino’s Daughter



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Poems by Tim Cunningham


Tim Cunningham was born in Limerick in 1942. Educated at C.B.S., Limerick, and Birkbeck College, London, he worked with a brewery, local government, the National Coal Board and in teaching. He has lived in Limerick, Tipperary, Dublin, Trowbridge, London, Newark (Delaware) and, presently, Billericay. Don Marcelino's Daughter is his first collection of poetry.

‘Ever since I first met Tim Cunningham and his poems at an Arvon course in 1984, I have urged him to get a volume together for publication. I'm delighted that he has now done so, and hope readers will enjoy his work as much as I have.’
Fleur Adcock

Tim Cunningham's poems are as various and fascinating as the animals in Noah's Ark. He has a most musical ear, a keen eye and an open heart. His aim is true. He writes beautiful poems.’
Adrian Mitchell


Don Marcelino's Daughter

Bears made the first scratch,
Sharpening calcium razors
On caves' blank walls. That

Was before Don Marcelino's
Daughter crawled through the crevice
And held her incredulous candle

To the dying bison's eye.
Her own eyes danced
At every picture in the gallery:

Bulls, cows, prancing calves;
Their red coats sticking
To her finger. And the roof

Thundered with wild boars
And the unshod gallop
Of horses. I pictured

Her in the underpass
Watching vagrants chalk
Their memory of stallions

On cement: the trains' wheels
Clanking above; the draught
Extinguishing her candle.


(The Spanish nobleman, Don Marcelino de Sautuola,
excavated the Altamira cave at the foot of the Cantabrian
Hills in 1869. The quality of the Late Ice Age paintings
found there caused a revolution in prehistoric research.)


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: photograph of a motionless female bison in the Cave Of Altamira
by Pedro A. Saura Ramos. © Pedro A. Saura Ramos. (From The Cave Of Altamira ©
1999 Harry N. Abrams, Inc. , New York).
Publication: SPRING 2001 (68 pages laminated paperback)