Peter Croeser was born in Zimbabwe, but grew up in South Africa. His father was a landscape artist, Michael Croeser. The tradition continues with Peter’s sons Michael, a qualified Graphic Designer, a full-time artist living in Durban, and David, a three-dimensional computer graphics modeller working for EuroCom in Derby, England.
Peter worked as a journalist on local, regional and national South African newspapers, including The Star, the country’s largest daily. He then studied at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, completing his B.Sc there while he and his wife, Fiona, edited the city’s historic local newspaper, Grocott’s Mail, for seven years. In 1983 he moved to Pietermaritzburg to take up a post at the Natal Museum as an arachnologist studying the phylogenetic systematics of spiders. He continued his studies at the University of Natal completing two further science degrees, ending with an M.Sc on the taxonomy and systematic relationships of a group of African sparassid huntsman spiders.
He worked at the Natal Museum in Pietermaritzburg for 26 years, first as a researcher and then later as an educator working mainly with Zulu-speaking learners and students. Fiona studied further, qualifying as a librarian, and then worked for many years as an academic publishing editor here, and then later overseas while working at Glasgow University in Scotland.
In retirement he lives with his extended, Zulu-speaking, family at his home, KwaKhehla, in Pietermaritzburg.
He divides his time between researching, writing and publishing when not busy vegetable gardening, cooking, jam-making, running our home and building up a library of philosophy, history, natural history, comparative beliefs, and science fiction and fantasy.
He also heads a small, but ancient, Foundation (http://natalia.org.za) devoted to promoting non-fictional research, writing and publishing in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.