… the great delight is Hay’s quiet mastery of the literary essay. Hay is thoughtful. Down-to-earth. Often self-effacing. His streams of self and societal reflection feel clear and refreshing even – or perhaps especially – while pulling the reader through treacherous currents. These essays are beautiful. They will stay with you.
Small Press Network’s Book of the Year Awards 2020 Judge’s Statement, on winner, Pete Hay’s Forgotten Corners: Essays in Search of an Island’s Soul .
Pete is the author of two collections of personal essays, Forgotten Corners: Essays in Search of an Island’s Soul (2019), and Vandemonian Essays (2002), as well as numerous scholarly works, and a major academic text, Main Currents in Western Environmental Thought (2002). This was published in Britain as A Companion to Environmental Thought.
Forgotten Corners: Essays in Search of an Island’s Soul won the Small Press Network’s 2020 Book of the Year Award. Read the SPN’s announcement and Judges’ Statement here.
How to buy
Please see here for works by Pete that have been collected on this site, or below for several essays available elsewhere online.
Essays on external sites
- Reviews, essays and launch speeches by Pete on the Walleah Press site.
- Essay: ‘The Breath of Vast Time‘, Guncotton, 1 December 2013.
- ‘Liberating the spirit of our island: Richard Flanagan takes Tasmania out into the world’, The Mercury, October 16, 2014.
- Home Is Where Our Heart Is, The Mercury, March 18, 2016.