Pete Hay

Poet, essayist and social theorist

Pete Hay was born and raised on Tasmania’s North-West Coast. He is a poet, essayist and social theorist who taught geography, politics and environmental philosophy at the University of Tasmania and still holds an adjunct position there. He has worked as a political minder, and has dabbled in activism and public affairs commentary, but is a refugee from all that, though he retains a research interest in activism and its role within a democratic polity, along with the nature of islands and island living, and the relevance of the medieval fool trope to the times in which we live. He is equally interested in music, cricket, the beauty within language, the extraordinary cacophony of life on earth – and the marvellous stories that people carry with them. His most recent publications are Main Currents in Western Environmental Thought (social theory), Vandiemonian Essays (personal essays), Silently On The Tide and Girl Reading Lorca (poems), Last days of the Mill (poetic monologues in collaboration with the artist, Tony Thorne,) The Forests (a photo essay with text with the photographer Matthew Newton), and Punchbowl: Poets and Painters (co-edited with Carol Bett).

Conference dinner - MONA

Conference Dinner – MONA

Hobart Function and Conference Centre

Where better to celebrate private land conservation than within the private habitat of MONA? Hosted by Tasmanian Land Conservancy Chair Stuart Barry, with a special address On Art and Nature by celebrated Tasmanian, Pete Hay. 3 Courses. Drinks. Private viewing of James Turrell’s rooftop spectacular Armana. Dress nocturnal. $115 plus booking fee. Private MONA return ferry […]