Peter Mortimer

Peter Mortimer outside 'the Iron House'

Peter Mortimer welcoming visitors at the new IRON Press gate.
Gate made by John Charlton.Original logo design by Geoff Laws.
Photo by Dylan Mortimer

Peter Mortimer - poet, playwright, journalist, publisher - has lived in the North East for more than forty years, and many of his books and plays have been published and performed here. He is used to writing about difficult places: against Foreign Office advice he wandered round Yemen; he set up a children's theatre group in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon and, over one summer, walked the length of Britain with one dog and no money, dependent on the kindness of strangers to provide accommodation and food.

Peter Mortimer is founder and editor of IRON Press, the independent press which has championed new quality writing since 1973. In May 2013 IRON celebrated its 40th birthday with the IRON Age Festival, based in its home village of Cullercoats. In April 2014, the IRON Age won the award for Best Event Tyneside at the esteemed Journal Culture Awards 2013. In 2015 they gave in to popular demand and staged a second festival, Eclectic IRON. A third festival, IRON in the Soul, was held in 2017.

Peter Mortimer's books include: The Last of the Hunters: Life with the Fishermen in North Shields; I Married the Angel of the North (poetry); 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.

Rainbird - the published script


The Tragedy of an Artist

The text of a new Peter Mortimer play about the North Shields painter Victor Noble Rainbird, which was performed by Cloud Nine Theatre Company at The Exchange, North Shields, for a week in April (23rd - 28th) is published by IRON Press to coincide with the production.

Read more about Rainbird here.

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Last update: 16th April 2018