Peter Feeney

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Peter Feeney

Travel Writing

 

Peter’s first novel, ‘Blind Bitter Happiness’, was published by Harper Collins. He is chipping away at his second (very different) book. He has had several TV series optioned, is writing several screenplays, and is currently developing a TV show, JUNE. His stories turn up regularly in the NZ Herald and Herald on Sunday, and other publications. He is an occasional freelance writer for various publications on other topics – everything from infant mental health to acting.

Travel Writing

Travel has its fair share of inconvenience, adventure, comedy and just plain tedium. Occasionally it’s a paid junket, with all the temptations that come with that (a writer’s version of Stockholm syndrome). I work to keep it real and write about the whole experience, not just all the yummy bits, with some degree (I hope) of humour and intelligence, and a modicum of integrity. As well as writing I travel with a 60D Canon EOS Camera and lens kit. Most of the time my wife, Art Director Nicola Feeney, travels with me, and when she does she gets behind the camera. This explains (1) why the photos are good and (2) why she never features in any of them.

CLICK BELOW to see links to some of my recent writing for the NZ Herald, Herald on Sunday and North & South Magazine. They feature Nic’s photography.

Fiji: Valiant struggle to save paradise NZH
Fiji: Holiday of First Resort HOS
Two Little Boys Afghanistan N & S
Middle East Magnet Dubai HOS
Melbourne NZH
Hokianga N & S
Death Railway NZH
Candid Capers Thailand HOS
Bullish despite years of hardship – Kabul NZH

Other writing

As well as travel writing I traverse a range of other topics in my other articles. Here’s some examples of my articles (from the Sunday Star Times, North & South and Actors Equity Magazines). Again Nicola has taken many of the photos here.

Big in China SST Nov 2014
Acting Coaches – are they really necessary? Equity Magazine
Where to Dunedin? N & S
The Daycare Experiment N & S
The Crying Game N & S
The Templetons 4 Corners N & S
Stuart Shepherd 4 Corners N & S
Helen Finch 4 Corners N & S

Peter on RNZ Nights

In July I chatted with Nights host on National Radio, Bryan Crump, about what it was like to live in Russia just after the fall of communism. That’s me, a hundred years ago (it feels) admiring the view of the Moscow River and the Kievskii Voksal (train station) from my apartment window. My God it was cold, AND rather alcoholic (what’s that in the coffee cup)? Anyway, here is the interview, which ran Tuesday 29 July Our Own Odysseys: the Fall of Communism

Our travel blog

Five days in Bali-wood

It was the arsenic hour - 8am, the wife at work, three kids running amok in various states of undress - when the phone rang. Stu, a producer at Curious Films, told me I’d just been cast in a TV commercial. I did a triple take, then remembered an old audition I’d...

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PETER ON RADIO NEW ZEALAND NIGHTS

In July I chatted with Nights host on National Radio, Bryan Crump, about what it was like to live in Russia just after the fall of communism. That's me, a hundred years ago (it feels) admiring the view of the Moscow River and the Kievskii Voksal (train station) from...

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Dublin, Ireland just before the big crash – Part I

Ireland was booming when I visited early in 2008. And the property crash was just around the corner. My accommodation was the swanky Chief O’Neill’s Hotel. It was part of the grand local commercial, residential and cultural development in Smithfield village. Now...

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Our Own Odysseys – Fall of Communism

Peter on Nights   Well that was fun! I chatted with Nights host on National Radio, Bryan Crump, about 1992 and what it was like to live in Russia just after the fall of communism. It was cold, and rather alchololic (what's that in the coffee cup)? Anyway, here is...

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My Year of Living Dangerously II: Russia 1992

The latest in an ongoing series on Peter’s adventures in Russia. Sunday, 1 December 1991. As I blew in to Sheremetyevo airport, Moscow, I had about five words of spoken Russian; that’s all that had stuck from the six week intensive language course. I had as much...

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My Year of Living Dangerously: Russia 1992

  I flew to Russia via a stopover in Belgrade. There was a civil war going on which explained the cut price Yugoslav Airlines fare, though the saving was lost when I was robbed in a sleazy Belgrade hotel. Undaunted, next day I touched down at...

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Our acting blog

Cul de Sac Family Cast photo

I had to share this photo of me gorgeous screen family – we wrapped on this TV children’s series earlier this year. Roll on series two!

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Dublin, Ireland just before the big crash – Part I

Ireland was booming when I visited early in 2008. And the property crash was just around the corner. My accommodation was the swanky Chief O’Neill’s Hotel. It was part of the grand local commercial, residential and cultural development in Smithfield village. Now...

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To read or not to read in Audition

  When US casting director Tom McSweeney first visited our fair Australasian shores, he was amazed that actors were expected to memorise their lines for auditions. In LA, where he came from, reading, and reading at short notice, was the norm. Tom believes that,...

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Acting Coaches: who needs them anyway?!

Last week I was asked by Phil Darkins of NZ Equity to do a Q&A with Jennifer Ward-Leyland, Britta McVeigh and Miranda Harcourt on the Actor-Coach relationship. Flattered to be included in such exulted company, I accepted. The evening has come and gone, and it was...

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