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People to know: Peter Derrett


When did you move to the great Byron region? 
Been here most of my life.

Day job?
Taught Theatre, Drama and Senior English for 42 years.

Claim to fame/day job/hobby/what are you known for?
Known mostly as a Drama Teacher and director of Theatre North for 20 Years. Photographer, especially of theatre and music events.

What are your favourite tools of the trade? 

What is your greatest career achievement?
Teaching for 42 years…but also MANY photography exhibitions, awards and publications.

Australian Fine Art Photographer of the year 1998
– Given an OAM for services to Theatre and Drama for Young People.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Quiet and living in Edinburgh and Venice which we have done for long periods.

What is your greatest extravagance?

What is your favourite travel destination/why?
Edinburgh….working for the Republic of Scotland..(its coming).
Venice..photographing. Bangkok. Teaching.

Who are your hero’s and why?
Annie Leibovitz, world’s best photographer..followed by Australian photographer Kate Gerraghty

What do you value most in your friends?
A laugh and honesty.

What is your most treasured possession?
Original Dorothea Lange print and Shakespeare’s first folio [rare copy]

If you could choose what to come back as what/who would it be?
I don’t want to come back.

Which words phrases do you overuse?
who dat man???? From Othello

Which living person do you most admire?
My wife.

If money was no object what would you do?
Travel and live in various locations.

If you could rid the world of one thing what would it be?


Kirra Pendergast is the editor of Common Ground Australia. An award winning photographer, Kirra first picked up a camera at 12yrs old. Her photography has been widely published in everything from international newspapers through to Rolling Stone Magazine (which was a major bucket list tick) Kirra is always out capturing photographs of things as varied as the immense power and beauty of the ocean, storms, and the breathtaking landscapes of Northern NSW. Kirra's photographic passion is music, portraiture and street photography. Born and raised in Byron Bay, Kirra's family has spent generations in the Northern Rivers hailing from Lismore, Tuntable Falls, Tregagle and Byron Bay. Kirra is passionate about supporting local music, creatives, the arts and local business using Common Ground as a platform to promote this place, its people and their passion.


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