Peter Hill

Peter Hill teaches painting at the University of Tasmania. He has just completed a novel, The Art Fair Murders, which he plans to auction on the Internet. The first chapter can be found on his web-site and is part of a much larger project called ‘The Museum of Contemporary Ideas’, notionally on Park Avenue, New York.

Diary: From the Lighthouse

Peter Hill, 6 June 1996

In the early Seventies I worked as a lighthouse keeper on three islands off the west coast of Scotland. I was between art schools and before taking the job I didn’t really think through what a lighthouse keeper actually did. I was attracted by the romantic notion of sitting on a rock, writing haikus and dashing off the occasional watercolour. The light itself didn’t seem important: it might have been some weird coastal decoration, like candles on a Christmas tree, intended to bring cheer to those living in the more remote parts of the country.

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