Peter Hartley was a fine art restorer specialising mainly in the conservation of paintings from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, and took early retirement more than ten years ago. He has always been fond of foreign travel, having visited over sixty countries around the world and all seven continents at least twice. Very keen on rock-climbing and mountaineering in the European Alps in his younger days, a spectacular fall (three thousand feet in vertical distance) from near the top of an ice-bound Mount Fuji in spring 1985 and the ensuing brain haemorrhage put paid to this and the relationship with his quondam girlfriend.  Although this ended his climbing days, until recently he continued to walk/trek up easier mountains like Mont Blanc, Mount Kinabalu and Kilimanjaro, and has always been interested in wild lonely desolate places (e.g. Spitsbergen, the Faroe Islands and the Outer Hebrides of the UK. An interest in cryptic crosswords occupied him until a bursting wardrobe-ful of prizes (mostly dictionaries, and won by luck rather than by talent) eventually persuaded him to stop. A step sideways to cluewriting contests and, for just the past year or so, writing poetry, have both met with only very limited success.


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‘Reinigeadal, Harris’ and Other Poetry by Peter Hartley

Sonnets on the Arts Today, by Peter Hartley

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