photography by Mark Mutch O’Hare

Peter A is a Scottish writer from North Lanarkshire. He is also proud to hold Irish citizenship. In 2016 he won first prize in the Paisley Spree Fringe Poetry Competition. Since 2017 his poetry has been published online (zines and journals such as I am not a silent poet and Pendemic), in film poems and paper publications including Laldy, Spindrift, Poems for Grenfell Tower, and both Dove Tales Scotland anthologies, A Kind of Stupidity and Bridges or Walls?. His work appeared in a number of anthologies in 2020, including poetry contributions to Words from Battlefield, A Kist of Thistles and Poets Against Trump, a short story in the Federation of Writers (Scotland) anthology Surfing, a poem in The Angry Manifesto (Thatcher volume) and another in Black Lives Matter – Poems for a New World (Civic Leicester). In 2021, his creative non-fiction piece What doesnt go in the letter was included in Dove Tales Scotland’s first pamphlet the question in a poppy and a number of his poems were anthologised in the following five publications from Dreich (Hybrid Press):- Things To Do With Love, Art, Sci-Fi, Summer Anywhere and The Wee book of Wee Poems (3). He also had a poem in Calton Ceilidh (Rymour Books). All of this in the same year as his debut chapbook Art of Insomnia was released by Hedgehog Poetry Press (May 2021), nominated for the Michael Marks Pamphlet Award 2021, with one of its poems nominated for a 2022 Pushcart Prize. Also in 2021 text and voice recordings of three of his poems were included in Wave Seven of iambapoet. So far in 2022, his contributions were included in the anthology Poetry and Settled Status for All (Civic Leicester) and Dove Tales Scotland’s second pamphlet. His work has also featured in sound installations in Glasgow and London.

Check out his recent profile on Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature profile:-