photography by Mark Mutch O’Hare

Peter A is Scottish by birth and residence, both within the county of Lanarkshire. He is also proud to hold Irish citizenship. He won first prize in the 2016 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. In 2021, his creative non-fiction piece What doesn’t 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 been 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). Also a poem in the long-awaited Calton Ceilidh from Rumour Books. All of this in the same year as his debut chapbook Art of Insomnia was released by Hedgehog Poetry Press (May 2021) and was nominated for the Michael Marks Pamphlet Award 2021.