About

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

He joined The Age in 2003 to write for A2, the Saturday entertainment section (now called Spectrum), left briefly to pursue freelance, and returned in 2004 to help launch glossy monthly insert, theage (melbourne) magazine.

During his time with Fairfax he has also written for The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age Cheap Eats Guide, The Age Good Food Guide, The Good Café Guide, The Good Food Shopping Guide, Good Weekends Away, Epicure Good Food and Traveller. He writes a monthly male grooming column for Jetstar Magazine (published by Hardie Grant) and has bylines in numerous Pacific+ titles, including Voyeur, Virgin Australia’s inflight travel magazine.

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In 2005 Peter became Melbourne magazine’s staff writer. Since then he’s 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, haunted houses, and suburban adventure sports. He has interviewed former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Dr Who (Tom Baker, of course), former Police Commissioner Christine Nixon, former Premier Steve Bracks, Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, runner Robert De Castella and Sydney Olympics mascot, Nikki Webster.

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Peter stepped down as Melbourne magazine’s staff writer in 2010 but continued to contribute freelance features and regular columns including ispy, calendar and behind closed doors until the magazine closed in 2013.

Today he is a regular contributor to real estate magazine Domain writes magazine and news articles for a range of media organisations including Fairfax, Pacific+ and independent magazines, teaches journalism in the Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT University, the University of Melbourne and is a freelance copywriter for a mix of corporate clients. Peter is based in the Nicholas Building, Melbourne. He is a member of the Media and Entertainment Arts Alliance.

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

When not chasing deadlines Peter divides his time between playing drums and spending time with his wife and three children.