Peter Andrew Walker is a journalist currently residing in London. He has written for a variety of publications, including: The Scotsman, The Edinburgh Evening News, Four Four Two, Loaded, The NME, Mixmag, M8 (now Tilllate), and The Skinny. He has also a regular contributor to websites like Resident Advisor, Data Transmission, Mixcloud and Glasswerk.
If you want a bit more background then I'll switch to the first person and go right back to the start.
I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, to proud parents Alan (a biologist and science writer -
alanrwalker.com) and Margaret (a GP) I also had three sisters, Esther (a maths teacher), Laura (a maths graduate, now childcare professional) and Caroline (a biologist, RIP).
Spurning the family tradition for maths and science, I eventually realised that early dreams of becoming a pastry chef, Pisten Bully driver, or car designer, were not my calling and I really wanted to write for the publications I have always enjoyed.
My first love and subscription was for cars and Top Gear Magazine, this was superseded by a passion for football which progressed from Shoot to Four Four Two, and then as puberty happily coincided with the boom in men's magazines, I turned to Loaded for entertainment and camaraderie. Once my musical tastes developed I regularly pored through Mixmag and DJ Mag, when I took my year out to Canada I consolidated my passion for skiing with Freeze Magazine, and more recently I've begun to appreciate my Dad's long term subscriptions to The Guardian, The Economist and The New Scientist.
Growing up in Morningside I was lucky enough to attend two fine state schools, South Morningside Primary and Boroughmuir High School, where I ended up with two advanced highers in english and modern studies, alongside three highers in geography, art and CDT (craft design and technology).
After my aforementioned ski season in Banff, where I was Mt. Norquay's pizza chef, I decided that I'd rather be on the slopes than in the kitchen and got my dry ski slope ski instructor qualification, working at my local ski slope, Hillend (or Midlothian Snowsports Centre officially) and Glasgow Ski & Snowboard Centre during term time.
In 2003, I started my honours degree in Journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University, under the fine tutelage of Ken Garner and Julian Calvert; amongst others. Because the course was run within the esteemed Caledonian Business School I undertook modules in management, accounting and finance, economics, research methods and marketing, which gave me a good understanding and appreciation for the business world.
Of course, we also learned a wide range of journalistic skills in the TV, radio and online disciplines, but I found my forté in print journalism and in particular the world of review and feature writing. That is why during university I worked on several placements at my favourite magazines, as well as writing for our campus magazine Re:Union, the sadly defunct website Scotclubbing.com and the happily flourishing entertainment free-sheet The Skinny.
Graduating with a 2:1 Honours Degree in 2007, I decided I wanted another adventure before getting stuck into my career, so in October I left for a year of working holiday in New Zealand. Sadly, my attempts at infiltrating the kiwi media were not successful, so instead I spent the summer working behind the bar and in the back office of a theatre in Wellington, and the winter in the kitchen at Treble Cone ski resort near Wanaka. My time down under was driven by my passion for travel and desire to experience new things, I overcame many challenges on my own and feel that my ability to adapt to different environments and make effective new relationships has greatly improved as a result.
Upon my return to the UK I decided London was the best place to start my journalism career, so I and my better half Aziza (the web-wizard behind this site) found a place in Clapham and started looking for work. Entering the job market just after the financial crash didn't make for a great start, but I did a lot of FREElancing, worked as a press officer for a musical version of the 1916 Easter Rising, did several placements, and finally found myself a job at media firm Adfero. After six months as a news content administrator I finally landed myself a proper reporters 9 to 5 at Euromoney Institutional Investor, writing about pensions and asset management for IISearches and Global Money Management.
That brings my story pretty much up to the present day, I now live in Bermondsey and have been working in financial journalism (with a bit of music on the side) for over a year. Thanks for getting here and taking an interest in me, whether it be social or professional, or both. I hope you enjoy the site and if you need an explanation of what pegerteg means, just ask.