Bright South publishes Pete Hay’s ‘Girl Reading Lorca’

Bright South is proud to be the publisher of Pete Hay’s
poetry chapbook, Girl Reading Lorca. From a poet normally regarded as “fiercely Tasmanian”, this collection is a startling departure from Pete, but no less observant, subtle or incisive than his better known work.

The centrepiece of Girl Reading Lorca is a celebration of the life and poetry of Federico García Lorca. With a voice as sure as that with which he evokes the landscapes of Tasmania, Pete sensitively evokes the haunted fields, mountains, and cities of Andalusia in several extraordinary poems.

Girl Reading Lorca also contains an extended cycle of poems, collectively titled ‘Madrid, June 19, 2011’, which is the centrepiece of Indignados!, an exciting musical collaboration with Spanish guitarist Paul Gerard. In these poems, Pete tunes his eye for injustice and absurdity, writing of civil unrest in Madrid, set against Spain’s deep history and culture. He makes us see Europe not as ignorant tourists but as intelligent, questioning observers looking back on the old world from a curious corner of the new one.
You can learn more about Pete and read some of his poetry, including the centrepiece of this collection, ‘Girl Reading Lorca’, on his website: www.petehaywriter.wordpress.com, or on Facebook. 

An Evening in Andalusia

Pete Hay and Paul Gerard are kicking off an exciting collaborative tour on the 3rd of August at the Peacock Theatre. An Evening in Andalusia celebrates the great Andalusian poet Federico García Lorca. Lorca was executed in 1936 in the first weeks of the Spanish Civil War. His poetry was banned for 20 years after his death, but he is now regarded as a great Spanish poet. Lorca’s many books of poetry, plays and theatre works have been performed, and loved, by people all over the world.

An Evening in Andalusia features original poetry by Pete Hay, from his book Girl Reading Lorca, published by Bright South, and exhilarating Spanish guitar music by Paul Gerard. In it, Pete and Paul pay homage to Lorca and the haunted landscape of Andalusia. Pete’s poetry is interwoven with Paul Gerard’s original compositions, which also reflect on Lorca’s extraordinary life. Pieces include ‘Song for Dali’, which explores Lorca’s great friendship with the painter Salvador Dali, and ‘Lorca’s Dream’, which evokes the agonising choices made by Lorca in the final weeks of his life.

Bright South proud to be supporting this fabulous tour with various services including photography, writing, graphic design and marketing.