Peter is a freelance journalist who specialises in the environment, food, culture and travel. He has more than 20 years of experience writing news and feature stories for Australian magazines, newspapers and websites.

His stories have appeared in The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, Epicure Good Food, Traveller and airline magazines including Jetstar and Voyeur.

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Peter got his start in journalism writing gig and album reviews for Beat and Inpress magazines in the late 1990s. After a stint writing for Disney children’s magazine K-Zone he studied Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT University, which led him to apply for a cadetship with The Age. He subsequently worked for The Saturday Age entertainment section in 2003, and continued to freelance for them in 2004. In 2005 he joined the theage(melbourne)magazine team as staff writer and worked there until 2010, when he returned to freelancing.

Peter has built an impressive knowledge of what makes Melbourne tick. From best restaurants, secret parks and hidden gardens to parochial quirks and cultural oddities, Peter has probed the city deep for answers – sometimes even literally (as in “Going Down,” a feature on Melbourne’s underground marvels).

In a mix of regular columns and longer features he has written about everything from the Sherrin football factory, the city loop and the Melbourne Club to cheapest beach houses and haunted houses. He has interviewed Labor senator Penny Wong, Dr Who (Tom Baker, of course), musician Vance Joy and Grand Designs host Kevin McCloud. You can read a selection of his work with that magazine archived in pdf form here.

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He has since been a regular contributor to real estate and lifestyle magazines Domain, Domain Review, and RACV’s RoyalAuto, CPA Australia’s In The Black magazine and continues to write freelance for a range of other media organisations. He has also been a sessional teacher of freelance writing and journalism for the Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT University and for the University of Melbourne. Peter is a member of the Media and Entertainment Arts Alliance.

Need help with your own writing? Read more about Peter’s teaching here.

Peter also plays drums in Tarcutta, an instrumental three-piece. Sample their music here or find out where they are playing next here.