He was employed locally by a Rhodesian radio station in the Congo from 1959. He continued as a broadcaster in Central Africa in Rhodesia and in the Zambian copper belt up to 1964. In 1960, he met Robin Day who asked him to freelance as a journalist for the BBC. As a result, he was recruited in 1964 as a journalist to the BBC Radio at Portland Place, London. He remained with the BBC until his retirement in 1987, with a 4-year break as a senior journalist at London Broadcasting Company.
From 1984 to 1989 Peter was chair of the Pimpernel group for older gay men in South London. For part of that time he was President of SLAGO; he gave the keynote speech in the SLAGO conference in 1999.
Peter Robins has been described as "a man of great wit and some acerbity."
Towards the end of his life Peter lived in Croydon, where he died on New Year's Eve 2016.
Peter wrote many books on a gay theme from the early 70s, including:
- A coexisting heart
- Easy Stages
- Fabulous Tricks
- Gay Touch
- Our Hero Has Bad Breath
- Ruined Boys
- Stony Glances
- Summer Shorts
- Touching Harry
- Undo your raincoats & laugh
http://www.outuk.com/index.php?http://www.outuk.com/content/features/robins/ OutUK Interview with Peter Robins, 2002
- Peter Scott-Presland, Amiable Warriors Volume One, page 363.
- Peter Scott-Presland, Amiable Warriors Volume One, page 497.
- http://www.slago.org.uk/slago-conference/peterrobins.htm SLAGO Conference 1999: Opening address by Peter Robins
- Peter Scott-Presland, Amiable Warriors Volume One, page 448.