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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Sat Guru Snowman



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Poems by Owen Gallagher


Owen Gallagher was born in Gorbals, Glasgow, of Irish parents. He lives in London and works as a primary teacher in Southall, Middlesex.

Sat Guru Snowman is an impressively original first collection. Owen Gallagher's evocative poems weave in and out of Southall, Glasgow and Donegal, making connections between people, beyond language and customs, drawing out their common history. They range from Sikh snowmen and a teacher going AWOL, to family life in Glasgow and Ireland where we meet a rain-shaker and visit a hiring fair (where the poet's own father was sold). Owen Gallagher tackles political and social issues using humour, irony and compassion. Some poems are tragic, some are comical, some gently surreal. He has effectively created a landscape which is his own.


Sat Guru Snowman

Using the infants’ hands as a conveyor belt,
Satnam and Sarwan built a snowman,

packed and stacked each fistful square,
like blocks in an igloo, until it levelled with them,

wrapped a cloth round its head like a bandage
to create a turban, blackened its face with paint,

which dripped and overnight grew a beard of icicles.
They stood like guards, in bomber jackets

and called him Sat Guru Snowman. Next day
the school playground was full of Sikh snowmen.

Some wore top-knots that looked like mushrooms.
Unused Diwali candles lit them at night.


Price 6.95 per copy post free (4.65 post free to Associate Members)
Cover painting: "Sat Guru Snowman" (1999) by Ian McCabe
Publication: Spring 2001 (50 pages laminated paperback)