Peterloo Poets

Poetry Publishers 1972 - 2009

Well -worn

I have worn everything you gave me-
The ring, of course, and that absurd string of beads
Reaching to the naval, and your battered shirts
Full of your energy and our conjunctions.

And I have worn myself - this body, your tent
Of contentment, once your second skin,
Shrunk now, but serviceable, not yet for the scrap-heap.

I have worn, almost to shreds, our tatty jokes,
Ludicrous memories, and our crumpled rags
Of rhythm and phrase, - old hat, but comfortable.

Everything has been worn, nothing worn out.

Elma Mitchell

 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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Harry Chambers
1937 - 2012

‘For three decades and more, Harry Chambers, the Publishing Director of Peterloo Poets, has been one of the great "hearers and hearteners" of the work being done in British and Irish poetry. Peterloo Poets, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2006, is a publishing house that has earned the trust of readers and writers alike; it has managed to keep the art in touch with its traditions and alive to its possibilities.'
Seamus Heaney

The Harry Chambers / Peterloo literary archive is held at Hull History Centre


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Peterloo Poets is a small publishing house run by Harry Chambers in Cornwall. Its books are sensitively designed; each has a striking illustrated cover and the typography is excellent. The quality of production is much better than the usual standard of poetry paperbacks issued by major publishers.'
G.B.H. Wightman / British Book News

Preview from our titles:

Stella Davis, Last Boat to Avalon

Stella Davis
Last Boat to Avalon

F.J. Williams, Reading Lessons in the Lifers' Wing

F.J. Williams
Reading Lesson in the Lifers’ Wing

Elizabeth Sandie, Acts of Resistance

Elizabeth Sandie
Acts of Resistance: The Poetry of U.A. Fanthorpe

John Lucas, Harry Chambers & Peterloo

John Lucas
Harry Chambers & Peterloo Poets: 37 Years of Poetry Publishing

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Keith Chandler, The English Civil War, Part 2

Keith Chandler
The English Civil War Part 2

Diana Hendry, Late Love & Other Whodunnits

Diana Hendry
Late Love & Other Whodunnits

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