Peter was awarded a Varuna residency under the Litlink program in 2008 and enjoyed doing some pruning on Eleanor Dark’s beautiful old pear tree. In 2009 he won a Varuna-Picaro Publisher Award and, as a result, Picaro Press in 2010 published his first full-length poetry collection The Post-Man Letters & Other Poems. Picaro also published his first chapbook The Knee Monologues & Other Poems in 2009. Peter won the Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Prize in both 2009 and 2010 and was runner-up in 2008. In 2010 he was shortlisted in the Newcastle Poetry Prize. He also manages a 20-acre permaculture farm near Bundanoon NSW.