Peter Bladen was an Australian poet born at Perth. He was later educated at the University of Western Australia, and the University of Melbourne for his Masters degree. He served in the Royal Australian Navy during World War 2. He travelled extensively through Australia, working in the 1960s as a journalist and writer, including writing for The Mavis Bramston Show. In the 1980s moved to Turkey, where he became a Muslim and took the name Yusuf Bladen-Pryor. In the 1990s he travelled through the United States. Some of his manuscripts are held in the library of the University of Western Australia.
His first book, The Old Ladies at Newington, won the Commonwealth Jubilee Literary Prize. ..