Book Launch Going Down Gordon Brown


Hobart Book Shop

Wednesday 19 December

5.30 PM

by Alice Nunn with poems by Andrew Mackirdy


In 2006 there were 2.7 million people on Incapacity Benefit in the UK

and Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, decided that 1

million of these should be taken off and made to work. Andrew had

spent 35 years on this benefit, after time in a mental hospital in his

early 20s. The small amount of financial support enabled him to live a

quiet contained life, caring for his 90-year-old mother. He was a good

cook, hated jazz, voted for the Labour Party and wrote poetry.


But none of that saved him. The government was determined the

figures would come down. And that Andrew would be one of them.

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Featuring the thrilling sounds of Spanish guitar, with original music composed by Paul Gerard as an accompaniment to poetry by Pete Hay, one of Tasmania’s leading poets.

This show is a sequel to the very popular ‘Evening in Andalusia’, but this time the show revolves around a different suite of poems from Pete’s book, ‘Girl Reading Lorca’. The interwoven poetry and music celebrate the colour and passion of Madrid at a time of civil disobedience and intense protest. This is set against scenes from Spain’s long history and its proud cultural legacy.


Peacock Theatre

Salamanca Arts Centre, 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart

Dates and Times:

Thursday December 20 at 8.00pm  (Doors open 7.30pm)


Adults $30.00

Concession $25.00

(NB: Internet Booking Fees apply when booking online)



1 Hour and 45 Minutes


Fullers has a series of launches in December, to see a complete list, check out their website.