Peter head and shoulders

Peter Jerrim was born in Tasmania in 1948. He taught primary and secondary students for 24 years. In 1990 he published his first science fiction book for teenagers.

In 1994 he went on to write full time, creating axel-and alice, a 12,000-page hypertext novel. As a first-of-its-kind, a web version was archived by the National Library of Australia.

From 2000–2022 Peter developed websites and wrote content for business, healthcare and educational enterprises. Now he just writes poetry with his first printed collection coming out in early 2023.

As a child, Peter was allowed to stay home from school when he pretended to be sick. This was mostly an excuse to sit up in bed and read. And tap away on his father’s portable typewriter.

But when he was 13 a singing teacher taught Peter how to breathe. He took off like a rocket, ran on the mountains and swam in the sea. He went mad with teenage enthusiasms and his brain didn’t settle down for decades.

He’s been married to an amazing woman for 50+ years. And is thankful for a privileged life. Of course there have been hiccups, tragedies and near death experiences. Living in the bush and living in the city. But a beautiful family has ensued. Somehow they put up with him.

Peter is grateful to the Palawa peoples of Lutruwita/Tasmania for being the continuing custodians of the land where he has always lived.