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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Queueing for the Sun



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Poems by U. A. Fanthorpe


‘Queueing for the Sun in Walbrook’, the title poem of this, U.A. Fanthorpe's eighth collection, encapsulates many of the preoccupations that have marked her work over the years - including a love of the past, and ways of bringing it to life; and an awareness of the acts of rescue that, against the odds, have gone to save learning, buildings, people and language.

Like Boethius in his prison cell, U. A. Fanthorpe smuggles valuables through darkness; like Morris, rescuing a roof, a tower, a barn, she saves for us people, moments, details in life that we'd never have noticed without her wise but compassionate gaze.  

It's the small things that matter: the midget acts of gallantry of ordinary people - a midwife, a cleaner, doctors and nurses 'working on and on', road-gritters - even poets. There are raised eyebrows for those who play safe, for academics and examiners, for the stupid and the careless. Power and money come in for a sterner touch.

U. A. Fanthorpe is one of England's best, most popular, and prolific poets who is renowned for her entertaining and moving readings. In 2001 she was awarded the CBE for services to literature. In 2003 she was awarded The Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

‘U.A. Fanthorpe is a national treasure.’
Liz Lochhead, Poetry Book Society Bulletin

‘Her poetry is one of the delights of the age.’
Michael Foot

‘One of England's most consistently engaging poets.’
Carol Ann Duffy, Poetry Review


Libraries at War

The more you destroy them, the louder we call for books.
The war-weary read and read, fed by a Library
Service for Air-raid Shelters and Emergency Teams

We can still come across them, the pinched economy
Utility war-time things, their coarse paper, their frail covers.
Such brightness in the dark: Finnegan's Wake,

The Grapes of Wrath, The Last Tycoon, Four Quartets,
Put out More Flags
. On benches, underground,
In Plymouth, Southampton, Gateshead, Glasgow, in the Moscow Metro
They sit, wearing a scatter of clothing, caught off-guard,

The readers reading, needing it, while terror
Mobilizes in sound-waves overhead,
Lost in the latest. Something long. Or funny.

Fire, fear, dictators all have it in for books.
The more you destroy them, the louder we call.

When the last book's returned, there is nothing but the dark.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: 'Mithras Temple Under Excavation' by E. Jessop Price
(Courtesy of Museum of London)
Publication: SPRING 2003 (92 pages laminated paperback)