I think some people may mistakenly believe our writings cannot make a difference – well they are so wrong- my dear lord they are wrong. I was so desperate to join Writing for Peace. It was something I had to do. It almost seemed as important as breathing itself. Ok, that may be a little over the top, but I seriously believe writers can make a difference – that is writers from all levels, and children. Yes, children – I went back to Croatia in 1996 to write for Scouting Magazine (over 21’s) and for the United Nation’s Refugee Agency about the therapy camps set up for children who had witnessed, among other things, executions. While we as adults didn’t get much from them in the way of conversation, they were eager to talk to other young people from all parts of Europe. It was a case of young people talking and writing for young people who had similar experiences. One of the reasons I went to the war as a poet was to write about the women and children there, because very few t.v. networks ( if any) were saying much about them. ~Peter Street
Peter Street, National and International Poet, was born in Wigan in 1948. He is a qualified Arborist and has previously worked as a forester, a Mediterranean chef, and gravedigger/exhumer.
Street has published five previous poetry collections. His first, Out Of The Fire (spike books) was nominated for the 1993 Forward prize. The same year, I.T.V. television broadcast a twelve minutes Remembrance Sunday Special about his time as a war poet during the Bosnian/Croatian conflict.
Street has also appeared on Zoom T.V., Rundrunk, Munich, Germany and Nederlandse programma Stichting (NPS Holland). His poetry has been broadcast on the World Service, he was poet-in-residence for B.B.C.’s Greater Manchester “Who Cares?” and also the British Broadcasting Comapny’s G.M.R. Arts program. He won the Poetry Society’s Fish and Chip Placement. Street has been Writer-In-Residence in many schools, colleges, and prisons, and at the International Youth Camp. In 2007 Street wrote a series of poems for the highly successful Tony Bevan Catalogue. Street is a recent recipient of a Royal Literary Fund Grant.
Peter Street’s new collection, “Listening To The Dark”, was released by Penniless Press Publications. In his latest collection, Peter reflects on the arguments for/against a war with the humans and their ignorance regarding global warming. Says Peter, “This sixth collection covers my travels in Iceland, my life in and around the north west U.K., and the latest flora and fauna.”
Peter Street’s new collection, “Listening To The Dark”, was just released by Penniless Press Publications. In his latest collection, Peter reflects on the arguments for/against a war with the humans and their ignorance regarding global warming. Says Peter, “This sixth collection covers my travels in Iceland, my life in and around the north west U.K., and the latest flora and fauna.”
“Grave-digging was hazardous work in the1960s. There was very little machinery: graves were still largely dug by spade. There were no Health-and-Safety rules. Opening up a grave, after however many years, to inter a new member of the family, was anything but healthy or safe.” ~Peter Street
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