Peter Arscott

Peter Arscott

Peter Arscott was born in Lima, Peru. He went to school and university in England before working in Barcelona as a language teacher and painter. He has had exhibitions in Spain and the UK, and now works in his studio in Herefordshire as a ceramicist and artist.

Peter has been writing short stories for five years and has been published in The Common, 365 Days, Brittle Star and Storgy.

‘Turtle’ is the first story by Peter Arscott to appear on the Fairlight Books website.


Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?

A: Mr. Hemingway would be the most sociable after a drink but could become challenging after five, so this tension might lead to interesting outcomes for me as a writer. I’d either end up with great ideas or just a bruised ego.


Q: Do you have a lucky writing talisman? If so, what is it?

A: A small clay turtle given to me by my daughter after she returned (safely) from a long trip abroad.


Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to, and if so, how many times have you read it?

A: Evelyn Waugh’s “Sword of Honour” trilogy, which I’ve read at various stages of my life and still makes me smile.


Q: What is the least interesting part of writing for you?

A: As a beginner, I find all aspects engage me, though I can imagine that persuading publishers to take on your work could become disheartening.


Q: Who is your personal inspiration?

A: I do not have a particular individual as inspiration but look on my family and close friends and see all the qualities I most admire.