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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A Wrenboy’s Carnival: Poems 1980-2000



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Poems 1980-2000
By Gabriel Fitzmaurice


Gabriel Fitzmaurice was born in 1952, in Moyvane, Co. Kerry, where he still lives. He teaches in the local primary school. A former Chair and Literary Advisor of writers' Week. the Writers' Conference in Listowel, Co. Kerry, he is author of more than twenty books, including poetry in English and Irish, children's verse in English and Irish, translations from the Irish, essays, and collections of songs and ballads. An award winner at the Gerard Manley Hopkins Centenary Poetry Competition, he has twice represented Ireland at the European Festival of Poetry in Louvain, Belgium. A musician and singer, he has played and sung on a number of albums of Irish traditional music. He frequently broadcasts on RTÉ radio and television and local radio stations on education and the arts.

‘We seem to have to learn in every generation that a writer can be popular and still be good; that it is possible to have the common touch and still be profound... a major talent.’
Bernard O'Donoghue

‘A teacher, a brilliant translator from the Irish, a recounteur of the truest kind.’
David Mason


A Bedtime Story

I want to give my children what I got -
A sign of middle age and childhood past:
’A story about Daddy – tell us what
You did when you were little – just like us’.
What survives our childhood we don’t choose -
We must forgive our childhood if we can:
We cannot cite our childhood as excuse -
Hurt is not a licence to do wrong.
And so I bring my children to my past,
A past that was unhappy as ‘twas good -
A story now, and so my kids have guessed
The happy ending, as indeed they should.
I tuck them in as sleep tugs at their lids.
I hope they’ll wish their childhood on their kids.


Price £7.95 per copy post free (£5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: Bob Ó Cathail, Baile an t.Sléibbe, Ventry, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Cover Design: Mark O'Neil
Publication: 2000 (144 pages laminated paperback)