Photo by Julian Dolman
Photo by Julian Dolman

Tracy Farr is a writer and former research scientist who grew up in Perth, Western Australia. She left Australia in 1991; since then she’s lived and worked in Canada and, for more than twenty years, New Zealand. She lives in Wellington.

Her short fiction has won awards (including New Zealand’s Sunday Star-Times Short Story Award in 2014), been published in anthologies and literary journals and adapted for radio. She’s been awarded residencies and fellowships in New Zealand and Australia, including the inaugural Mildura Writers Festival Residency and a Varuna Second Book Fellowship in 2015, and Michael King Writers’ Centre Established Writer Residency (Spring 2018).

Tracy’s debut novel The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt, first published in Australia in 2013, was shortlisted in 2014 for the Barbara Jefferis Award and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards, and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. It was published in the UK and US in 2016.

Her second novel, The Hope Fault, was published in Australia/NZ in March 2017 and in UK in July 2018, and will be published in Italy and US in late 2018. The Hope Fault is being adapted for the stage by the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts for their 2019 season.

Tracy is co-curator, with Melbourne writer Jenny Ackland, of the literary series Bad Diaries Salon.


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Tracy Farr is:

A writer, recovering scientist, cronegrrrl, seaweed fancier, neglectful gardener.

A bit obsessed with swans. And maps.

Author of two novels: The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt (love, loss, electronic music) and The Hope Fault (family, anxiety, geology).

At home in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Lives in Wellington.