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 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, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, is U.A. Fanthorpe's seventh individual volume.

      ‘She is a beguiling reader of her own work.’
                                Helen Dunmore, Observer

      ‘Consequences great and small control this book. U.A. Fanthorpe has a delicious sense of how history is contained in landscape; and of how the unexpected turns of our lives can be consequent on the smallest acts. In 'Burren' we're reminded that a boy can shove his fingers in a rocky crag and discover a king's gold breastplate, 'Like finding love in someone disliked at first'. But the real achievement of the book is a long sequence, Consequences, which is nothing short of a 'state of England' address. Fanthorpe has attained a wisdom, her 'native ghosts' are moments of joy, and she warns of what might befall us all if present choices are not well made. 'Atrocity is what we haven't got used to yet'. At a time when England is concerning herself about the consequences of her history, this poetry is brave and necessary.’
                   Kathleen Jamie, Poetry Book Society Selector


Against Speech

Harpo's the wittiest Marx. Words are only
For what can be said; silence
Has a better vocabulary.

Disposable the expensive eloquence
Of QCs, DJs, MPs,
Hairdressers, headmasters, hot gospellers, humorists,
Ball-by-ball cricket commentators, consultants,
Voice recognition software from IBM.

O for a tongue-tied muse to celebrate
The steadfast dumbness of dissidents under torture,
The hangdog faces of children who won't perform,
Quakers, clever as fish in a soundless dimension,
Lovers in crowded trains.

But something must be said for the unemphatic
Chat of World Service at four o'clock in the morning,
Of nurses checking at midnight in drowsy wards,
Of parents talking things over together downstairs
When everyone else is in bed. These are
The great protectors; their half-heard patter
Signals All's well; all's well; so far, all's well.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: from The Battle of Bosworth Field by D.T. Williams, Leicestershire County Council, 1973. Photograph by Mick Dolby.
Publication: SPRING 2000 (75 pages laminated paperback)