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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Safe As Houses



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Poems by U. A. Fanthorpe


U.A. Fanthorpe is one of England's best, most popular, and prolific poets who is renowned for her entertaining and moving readings. She was the first woman ever to be nominated for the post of Oxford Professor of Poetry. All her individual volumes have been published by Peterloo and her Selected Poems - chosen from her first three now out of print volumes - was published by Penguin in 1986. A range of her work is now available on audio cassette: Awkward Subject (Peterloo Poets, 1995) and - with R.V. Bailey - Double Act (Penguin, 1997). Consequences is U.A. Fanthorpe's seventh individual volume.

Safe As Houses, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, was U.A. Fanthorpe's 6th individual volume. The "safe" houses in this volume include both real and fictional houses, for example houses damaged in the Blitz, Ibsen's A Doll's House, and Tyndale's prison cell. Houses become a metaphor for the world, and U.A. Fanthorpe writes of all the loving, cruel, and stupid things we do in it. As in her previous collections, U.A. Fanthorpe writes poems that are moving, disturbing, and funny. The volume includes Christmas poems, poems concerned with painting, craft, and magic, and poems that are revisions of the classics, notably one adding an extra scene to Macbeth. Beginnings and endings also feature strongly.

‘U.A. Fanthorpe is a national treasure. A new book from her is always a unique pleasure to be savoured for its truth, disconcerting obliqueness and even more disconcerting directness.’
Liz Lochhead, Poetry Book Society Bulletin



The ancestors. The shadow people,
Who now and then lean softly from the dark
And stroke on chin or thumb the new generation.

Mothers fear them, and their gifts,
Guessing half what they fear. Who knows what you'll find
If you look. Wreckers. And swindlers.

Daredevil grans and presumptuous children
Ransack the archives. No treasure
But outlandish Christian names: Ephraim, Mercy.

And tanned gigantic offspring from far-off
Hoping, in holiday mood, for the Old Country,
For village blacksmiths, village greens and thatch,
Sadden to find in faded sepia
The unpretending minutes of bleak lives.

Even the noble, under his courtier's tiptoe,
Admits some fearful Berserk or Spreadeagler
As line-founder, and waits, tight-lipped,
For the claw to poke out from the lordly cradle.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: Graham Sutherland, 'Swansea Chancery Chambers (Solicitors' Offices Swansea, Devastation)'.
By Permission of National Museum and Gallery, Cardiff.
Publication: AUTUMN 1995 (70 pages laminated paperback)