Pete Jordi Wood (he/him) is a British Author, Illustrator and Screenwriter from Cornwall, U.K. He is represented by United Agents, CAA, and Rogers, Coleridge & White. Pete has written original drama for Channel 4 and the BBC. For business enquiries please see the contact page.
Pete was born in London and spent much of his childhood in Essex before moving with his mum to Cornwall. Much of his creative work revisits his personal experiences growing up gay in a single parent household and being a young carer to a parent with a disability. Pete was later diagnosed with the same disability as an adult and now lives in social housing. He has a cat called Pixel, loves pizza, Disney movies and long days at the beach.
Books + Illustration
Pete is represented as an author/illustrator by Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge and White. He is the creator of “The Dog and the Sailor”, an online exhibition narrated by actor Dino Fetscher, with sound design by Joe Dines, and written and illustrated by Pete. The exhibition brought a lost gay fairy tale back to life and resulted in Pete’s research behind the story being featured in Forbes. Pete wrote, illustrated and self published a 32 page, limited edition, hardback picture book to accompany the exhibition which soon sold out. He also published a limited edition Zine which includes the tale as well as his research notes and sources of which a small number of copies remain on sale. In early 2021 Pete sold worldwide publishing rights to “The Dog and the Sailor” to a major British publisher. He will write and illustrate a new, extended version of the fairy tale, to be published in 2023. TV & Film rights have been optioned in Hollywood.
Pete is currently writing an illustrated anthology of further LGBTQ+ folk and fairy tales he discovered during his research - “Tales from beyond the Rainbow” - also scheduled for publication in 2023 with the same publisher as “The Dog and the Sailor” who have purchased worldwide publication rights.. Film & TV rights to this book have been optioned, and Pete is set to adapt the book for television, having written a pilot. Both book deals and rights deals will be formally announced in the publishing trades with further information early to mid 2022.
Pete started his career in books by self publishing indie, limited edition fiction and zines. These have included a novel, ‘The After Wards’, a romantic Y.A. mystery about Care Leavers ageing out at the turn of the Millennium, and his essay collection ‘Queeries: Essays on Queer Theory and Fairy Tales’.
Pete holds a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Digital Animation from Falmouth University, and graduated with Distinction from an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice, also at Falmouth.
Pete’s illustration portfolio is influenced by his research into LGBTQ+ fairy tales, myths and legends, as well as queer pop culture. Pete sells his illustrated merchandise and prints here in the online store and at his own little gallery - the PJW Illustration Studio - in St. George’s Arcade, Falmouth, Cornwall. He archives past projects on Patreon, and regularly posts illustrations on Instagram @petejordiwood.
Film + Television
Pete serves as an Executive Producer on the forthcoming screen adaptation of his book “The Dog and the Sailor”. He also serves as creator of a television adaptation of his new anthology “Tales from beyond the Rainbow” having written the pilot. Both projects are now quite far into development with the same production company and will be formally announced, with additional news of the producers and talent attached, in early to mid 2022.
Pete’s original screenwriting credits include the Channel 4 film ‘I Don't Care’, directed by Harry Wootliff and broadcast as part of the network’s ‘Coming Up’ series. In addition to writing the screenplay he also received an art department credit for creating some of the production’s art and props. Starring Iwan Rheon, David Leon and Paloma Faith, the semi-autobiographical film explores a gay carer’s search for a life less-ordinary on his birthday. Distributed internationally by Peccadillo Pictures in DVD collection “Boys on Film: Cruel Britannia”, the screenplay is available in print to mark the film’s 10th Anniversary.
After his debut on Channel 4, Pete’s TV career continued at the BBC in Continuing Drama. He trained as a “Shadow Writer” and went on to earn his first BBC Drama credit writing an episode of “EastEnders”. He has since participated in various writersrooms as a storyliner for shows in development and production, including Channel 4’s “Shameless”.
Pete has developed original TV drama formats for Celador, Channel 4, E4, BBC 3, CBBC, Nickelodeon, The Forge, Red Productions, Endor, Bandit, Constant, Touchpaper, and Company Pictures. Pete enjoys working collaboratively and has also worked on commission to co-create original TV drama formats with other screenwriters including Niki Rooney and Tom Bidwell.
Pete is represented as a screenwriter by Giles Smart at United Agents and Lindsey Bender at CAA.
Pete was a winning finalist in Channel 4’s “Coming Up” competition receiving a script commission and full production of his original drama “I Don’t Care”. Channel 4 nominated Pete for a BAFTA Craft award for his work on the film. Pete received The John Brabourne Award for “Tin Town”, a TV Drama Pilot. His plays have been shortlisted for awards including the Old Vic 12, the Verity Bargate award, Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Perfect Pitch, and the Nick Darke award. He was a finalist in the BBC’s iPlayer Shorts contest, receiving a script commission for his short film “Cosmic Latte”. Most recently he was shortlisted for the Penguin Random House WriteNow Scheme in 2020 and his essay collection ‘Queeries: Essays on Queer Theory and Fairy Tales’ was a finalist for the Folklore Society’s Katharine Brigg’s award.