Peter Farrell was born in London in 1940 and immigrated to New Zealand in 1965.
He has had a varied career in the public sector, mostly in change management roles. He was a director at the National Museum and Art Gallery when it moved to the Wellington waterfront and re-opened as Te Papa in 1998.
He studied creative writing with Fiona Kidman before gaining an advanced diploma in applied arts (creative writing) from Whitireia Community Polytechnic. He is also a graduate of the Massey University Life Writing Course. He has contributed to a number of short story anthologies and journals, including The Magpie Stole My Heart, and has had work accepted by Radio New Zealand. His work has been highly commended in a number of short story competitions including the Katherine Mansfield Awards.
He has children and grandchildren in Abu Dhabi, Rome, Brisbane and Kuala Lumpur and lives in Wellington with his wife Sue.