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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The Apple Ghost



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Poems by John Glenday


John Glenday was born in 1952 in Monifieth, Scotland. At different times he has been a student of English, a van driver, a printer’s devil and a compositor, but he now works as a psychiatric nurse in Dundee. Married with two sons, he co-edits the Blind Serpent Press with his wife, Penny.

The Apple Ghost, John Glenday’s first volume of poetry, reveals a preoccupation with communication and its ultimate failure in poems which explore the relationship between family and strangers, words and shadows, silence and light. His themes range from dreamlike retrospectives to a gentle, apocalyptic allegory of social and literary decline. The final, haunting sequence (From An Occupied Country) traces the collapse of an unnamed civilization – its petty tragedies and inevitable drift towards extinction.

‘. . . this good, grave, original voice’
Danny O’Rourke / Glasgow Herald

‘His is an intricate but moving verse which makes its appeal at various levels.’
Joseph Farrell / The Scotsman



At the presses, they grumble constantly
about the quality of ink; although this makes
the books more difficult to burn.
No fresh types issue from the rook-filled

foundries. Old characters are wearing back
towards ancestral runes.
The newspapers no longer convey information,
but generate a speculative philosophy

based on rumour, and the size of type.
The poor malnourished printers suffer dreadfully
with hacks. They tell us how painful
they find it, touching those long words.


Price 4.95 per copy post free
Cover illustration: ‘The Apple Ghost’ by Malcolm Brown
Publication: APRIL 1989 (64 pages laminated paperback)