Peter Mortimer

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Consists of material related to published works by Peter Mortimer.

Administrative / Biographical History

Peter Mortimer is a playwright, poet and editor, and the founder and editor of Iron Press. He has written 22 plays which have been performed in the region by the Live Theatre Co, Durham Theatre Co, Theâtre Sans Frontières, Pocket Theatre, Cloud Nine and Dodgy Clutch, as well as on BBC Radio 4.

Peter Mortimer won the 2009 CIC Cultural Diversity Award for the North-East (Arts Category), and was shortlisted for the Arab British Culture & Society Award 2010.

He is the founder and artistic director of Cloud Nine Theatre Productions, which was established in 1997 and has published the works of Julia Darling, Tom Hadaway, Sean O'Brien, Kitty Fitzgerald, and Steve Chambers.

Mortimer's own poetry has been published by, among others, Flambard Press, IROn Press and Five Leaves Press. He is also the author of three "extreme" books including The Last of The Hunters, detailing his six months working as a fisherman in the North Sea; Broke Through Britain - One Man's Penniless Odyssey detailing the author's 540 mile journey from Plymouth to Edinburgh without a penny in his pocket; and 100 Days on Holy Island - A Writer's Exile which chronicles one winter spent on the remote island off the Northumbrian coast (also known as Lindisfarne) which is cut off twice daily by the tide.

Mortimer is a former journalist, and for six years was the region's theatre critic for The Guardian. He has also been a satirical columnist for both The Journal and Newcastle Evening Chronicle.