Peter Armstrong was born in Blaydon on Tyne. He studied philosophy and English at Sunderland, and subsequently trained as a teacher, a psychiatric nurse, and a cognitive therapist. He works as a therapist and teacher at the Newcastle Cognitive & Behavioural Therapies Centre. He has published three collections: Risings (Enitharmon), The Red Funnelled Boat, and The Capital of Nowhere (both Picador). A pamphlet, Madame Noire, was published by Shoestring in 2008. He lives in Tynedale.