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


‘Her poems are particularly good when they offer unaffected voices from a gallery of human types that do not usually figure in poetry . . . They speak an often humorous, often painful stoic wisdom.’
George Szirtes / Times Literary Supplement

‘. . . a new and original voice in English poetry: clear, distinctive, and remarkably assured . . .’
Charles Causley / Arts South West

‘A very good poet this; young readers will surely recognise the authentic tone and react to the honesty and strength of feeling of this most mature of writers.’
Marcus Crouch / The School Librarian

‘U.A. Fanthorpe has a memorable edge’
Martin Dodsworth / The Guardian

‘Who, though, will move you, going straight for the emotions? Unhesitatingly, I name U.A. Fanthorpe as the poet who can suddenly hit you below the heart.’
Robin Lane Fox / Financial Times


Women Laughing

Gurgles, genderless,
Inside the incurious womb.

Random soliloquies of babies
Tickled by everything.

Undomesticated shrieks
Of small girls. Mother prophesies
You’ll be crying in a minute.

Adolescents wearing giggles
Like chain-mail, against embarrassment,
Giggles formal in shape as
Butterpats, or dropped stitches.

Young women anxious to please,
Laughing eagerly before the punchline
(Being too naive to know which it is).

Wives gleaming sleekly in public at
Husbandly jokes, masking
All trace of old acquaintance.

Mums obliging with rhetorical
Guffaws at the children’s riddles
That bored their parents.

Old women, unmanned, free
Of children, embarrassment, desire to please,
Hooting grossly, without explanation.


Price £4.50 per copy post free
Cover illustration: detail from the Cluny tapestry The Lady and The Unicorn (La Dame à la Licorne) “Sight” (“La Vue”), France, circa 1500 (Cluny Museum, Paris), by courtesy of la Réunion des musées Nationaux – Paris.
Publication: NOVEMBER 1984 (80 pages laminated paperback).