Peter Mortimer is a poet, playwright, journalist, publisher. He has lived in the North East for more than forty years, and many of his books and plays have been published and performed here.

His travel books take him to strange places, from where (happily) he so far he has always returned.

He is founder and editor of IRON Press, the independent press which has championed new quality writing since 1973. He is also founder/artistic editor of Cloud Nine Theatre Productions which only produces new theatre work only from northern writers.

Peter Mortimer’s books include: The Last of the Hunters: Life with the Fishermen in North ShieldsI Married the Angel of the North(poetry); Broke Through Britain, A Penniless Odyssey 100 Days on Holy Island,  Off the Wall: The Journey of a Play; and Cool for Qat, which grew out of his commission to write a play about the 1930 Yemeni seamen’s riot in South Shields; and Camp Shatila – a Writer’s Chronicle, which grew from the two months towards the end of 2008, when he lived in Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut.