Physick

Physick

Shortlisted for the 2017 Tasmania Book Prize
for more details see the Tasmanian Arts Guide: 2017 Premier’s Literary Prizes website

By Pete Hay

Price: £12.00

ISBN: 978-1-910323-46-5

135mmx210mm, paperback, 156pp

“That these essays are inevitably, passionately of this world of Tasmania, is not to allow the criticism of parochial sensibility, for they are fiercely connected with the most recent international trends in thought and writing… All are written without fear, with an erudition lightly worn, and with a pen dipped in a large love of this world… If there is an image I would wish to leave you with of Pete Hay, I think it is of a man turning graveyards into flowerbeds.” – Richard Flanagan on Vandiemonian Essays

“Reader beware! This is a volume well worth reading but the experience is visceral, not for the faint-hearted. And there is a risk that you too could end up haunted.” – Irene Novaczek on Silently On The Tide

“I first came across Pete Hay’s poetry back in 1996… and am struck afresh by his talent and empathy for the things that matter each time I renew the acquaintance. In a world of dwindling horizons, his is a voice we cannot afford to ignore.” – Margaret Bradstock on Silently On The Tide

“In 2010 the paper pulp mill in the North-western Tasmanian town of Burnie closed down. Hay interviewed some of the workers… [and] created ten monologues, each in a characteristic voice, employing the speech patterns and vernacular of his interviewees. Some stories are tough and uncompromising, others surprisingly fragile and vulnerable. The results are stunning, a complex mixture of oral history and poetic resonance.” – Ian Gibbins on Last Days of the Mill