Peter Jarvis was born in Zimbabwe to a family of early settlers. He was educated in Zimbabwe and South Africa before completing further studies in Scotland. He returned to Zimbabwe to work in African education, but his opposition to the Smith government forced his return to UK. Following this, he taught in Fife for twenty years. Upon retiring, he worked in Botswana as part of a team of British Council teachers, and them completed two placements in northern Namibia with VSO as a trainer and adviser. His love of poetry has been affirmed through teaching. He has had poems published in Poetry Scotland and Red Squirrel, and a pamphlet appeared with Happenstance in 2015.