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Writer | Editor | Bullshitter

Photo: ©Matt McCready


“Story Man, Story Man,
Tell us a story—if you can..”*

At heart, I’m a STORY MAN, but some people call me a bullshitter. All good stories are bullshit. Bullshit baffles brains, relaxes us and gets us thinking about the important things that lie beneath the braggadocio (I’m talking Edmund Spenser, not Slim Shady). Stories make us human, alive. Whether we’re five or fifty-five, stories provide solace, provoke empathy, and call us on our bullshit. We understand our complex world through stories. So yes, I’m a bullshitter.

— Peter Poppycock

A blowhard in action: fanning the flames with a combination of horseshit and hot air. Well, donkey doo, actually. (Photo Robert Willson, Tanzania 2015)

A blowhard in action: fanning the flames with a combination of horseshit and hot air. Well, donkey doo, actually. (Photo Robert Willson, Tanzania 2015)

“Orie-gedorie Storieman,
vertel my ‘n storie as jy kan…”*

Diep in my hart is ek ‘n STORIEMAN, maar party mense voel ek skiet bloot spek. Alle goeie verhale is omlyn met spek. Spekskietery laat ons toe om die wêreld van naderby te bekyk—laat ons deur die bravade van kyk-noord-en-fok-voort-ery te bliksem en ons menslikheid te ontdek. Hetsy iemand vyf of vyf-en-vyftig is, stories gee plesier, stories troos, stories skep medelye. Stories lê al ons stront bloot. So ja, Piet skiet spek.


— Piet Spekbek


I don’t just write BULLSHIT. I will also EDIT YOURS for a fee. What’s more, I also talk bullshit and tell people how to generate their own. I love talking to people all aspects of writing, editing, creativity and storytelling. I’ve led WORKSHOPS and done PRESENTATIONS around the world—here are some recent comments on working with me and on my workshops:

You have definitely become a Festival favourite both with the audiences and the staff.
— Sarah Simison, Operations Coordinator, Saskatchewan Festival of Words
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...geared to writers at all levels, with a focus, perhaps, on those just starting out. There was something for me with 5 books, and for the gals with none.
— Kimmy Beach, Writer and Editor
Peter allowed a good working relationship to grow, and I must admit that this is something that few non-Inuit men have done with my work. He demonstrated respect for my words, and a curiosity and a hunger for understanding Inuit peoples. ... It was his openness to other world views and his recognition that our worlds are not separate that I appreciated most.
— Norma Dunning, author of Annie Muktuk and Other Stories