Pete Hay's Last Days of the Mill

Posted Monday 13th August, 2012

This week is the launch of an exciting new Tasmanian book about the closure of the Burnie pulp mill.

For seven decades 'The Pulp' constructed the social, economic and environmental circumstances of life on the North-West Coast. In 2011, on the last day of its operation, artist Tony Thorne went on site armed with sketchpad and camera. And writer Pete Hay came to Burnie armed with notepad and recorder, to talk to displaced mill workers. The result is this extraordinary collaboration of dramatic monologues in the vernacular voice of the mill floor and artworks of stark, confronting beauty that vividly capture the dying days of an industrial colossus.

The book will be launched by Tim Thorne at the Hobart Bookshop this Thursday evening. For full details see our calendar (left).

For more information about the book (including a recording of a reading by Pete Hay),
visit the website.

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