Peter Carpenter is a freelance writer, tutor and publisher. He has worked in schools as Head of English and Director of Teaching and Learning, and for many universities, including Oxford, Cambridge and Exeter. He was a visiting fellow at Warwick University for the Writing Programme, has tutored for many Arts organisations, including the Royal Academy, and has worked and read at Aldeburgh, Ledbury and many other festivals.
Since 1997 he has co-directed Worple Press, editing work by writers such as Iain Sinclair and Elizabeth Cook. His seven collections of poetry include ‘After the Goldrush’ (Nine Arches), ‘The Black-Out Book’ (Arc), and ‘Just Like That’ (Smith|Doorstop). He’s written over a hundred reviews, critical essays and articles, including pieces on J.G. Ballard and Roger Deakin (The Use of English), photographer Boris Mikhailov (London Magazine), Shakespeare & T.S. Eliot (Critical Survey/English Review).
Work has appeared and been reviewed in journals including the TLS, Poetry Review, Agenda, Independent, Independent on Sunday, Poetry Wales, Poetry Ireland Review and PNR. Poems have been widely anthologised, for example in ‘Lifesaving Poems’ (Bloodaxe) and Duckworth (‘The Book of Hours’), as well as being translated into Spanish for Random House.
He lives in Suffolk with his wife, Amanda, and is currently writing a book on David Bowie.