Talking Tasmanian Literature in the Faroe Islands

This is the paper I gave at The Tower at the End of the World Conference in Torshavn, Faroe Islands, in May 2017. It was exceedingly well received, though very many people couldn't calibrate their aural senses to my north west coast twang! Among a conference full of exotic people, I was by far the [...]


Islands Breed Poets

This little paper exists in article and essay forms. It gets cited surprisingly often, but I would probably write it differently today. It's a quirky little argument. I insist that the poetry of islands follows its own rules, and all you out there living on mainlands should bloody well read it! The Poetics of Island [...]

Hay is going to the Faroe Islands to talk about Tasmanian Poetry!

Ever heard of the Faroe Islands? They're half way between Scotland and Iceland, more or less, and as far as I can tell, they are most famous for puffins, sheep and magnificent woollen jumpers. And that they still whale. It's basically a vertical-cliffed protrusion of basalt. And it rains a lot. I'm going to an [...]