Ex-teacher’s story to write home about
RETIRED Tweed Shire school teacher Peter Bugler’s second book is hot off the presses and this 500-page tome is particularly close to his heart.
Eight years in the writing, Talking the Walk: A Memoir, is an autobiography of his life from one of three “snotty nosed ankle-biters” growing up in gritty inner-city Sydney, to the last day of work at Crystal Creek Public School after three decades as a teacher.
“It’s been fulfilling because I’ve learnt so much about myself through writing a memoir,” the Pottsville resident said.
It comes hot on the heels of his first book, Buen Camino, which was published in 2015.
That book documents the trials and tribulations he and his partner, Murwillumbah born and bred resident Janelle McCaughey, faced undertaking a 650 kilometre pilgrimage across Northern Spain in 2014.
At the relatively young age of 55, Peter threw in his teaching job nearly 10 years ago.
As rewarding as he found his career, he said he was ready to move on to the next stage of his life.
He says the last decade, in which he and Janelle have travelled overseas every year, had been “the best 10 years of my life”.
It was the positive feedback that he received from his regular emails home during their travels that sparked the now 64-year-old’s interest in writing and self-publishing his own books.
Both books have a Kindle version now available for download on Amazon.
“I am very excited that Buen Camino is attracting interest in both the United Kingdom and the United States,” he said.
“It received its first review last week, five stars no less, which was such a buzz.”
In fact, he’s expecting his first royalty payment from Kindle next week, but the money is just a bonus.
“It’s just lovely to have that recognition that someone from another part of the world is enjoying my books,” he said.
There’s more writing planned, with Peter and Janelle off on another epic pilgrimage next month, this time to Portugal.