was born in the Stroudwater valley, becoming an
engineering apprentice in a Cotswold village in the 1960s, knowing “little of
literature and even less of poetry”. In those days, motor cycles preoccupied
his energies – along with other pursuits not uncommon among the young!
Further Education developed his engineering knowledge and (following
an overland journey to India in company of some two-hundred university students), he gained a place at teachers training college and duly began to teach in a Birmingham comprehensive.
Meeting Gill, his wife and moving to lecture in Further Education in Hereford, followed – along with their children, Claire, Gareth, and Paul – proved even more formative. Now retired, Pete remains active, kayaking, playing tennis, and singing
and playing guitar at local folk music sessions. For decades, he and Gill have
been active in the local church. Many of the poems in this volume were inspired by their requent travels around both the UK and abroad in their small motorhome.