This festive season

Dancing on the beach, 1920, William James (public domain)

May is my birthday month (thus always a time of celebrations and joy to the  world, right?). But this May feels extra-festive, cause for much shimmying, shaking, and leg-kicking, on the beach and elsewhere. The Hope Fault acquired by Aardvark Bureau I’ve been quietly dancing on the ceiling (and everywhere else) about this for a while, so I’m delighted to … Read more…

Lucy Walding reviews The Hope Fault for Westerly

Lucy Walding reviewed The Hope Fault for Westerly (online). You can read the full review online at Westerly>From the Editor’s Desk. Westerly is the literary magazine published at the Westerly Centre (formerly the Centre for Studies in Australian Literature) at my alma mater (do Australians have an alma mater?), University of Western Australia, so I’m particularly thrilled that they’ve reviewed my novel. … Read more…

The most beautiful home movie ever made

Rachel Getting Married

I was sorry to hear, a fortnight ago, of the death of film director Jonathan Demme. The tweets and obits all namechecked the films he’s best known for: The Silence of the Lambs (1991, five Oscars), Philadelphia (1993, two Oscars), and (arguably the best concert film ever) Stop Making Sense (1984). But my thoughts turned first to … Read more…

‘A way with words: Writing as a physical activity’ for NZ Listener

New Zealand Listener has this year been running a regular feature, A way with words, in which they invite New Zealand writers to describe their writing day. I was thrilled to be asked to write a piece, and my contribution was published this week (the issue dated 6 May 2017, on newsstands the week before that) under the … Read more…

‘Shelf Awareness: Tracy Farr’ interview with Maureen Eppen

Postcards From Surfers, inscribed

Perth writer and reviewer Maureen Eppen wrote two great articles (in The West Australian newspaper back in February, and in Good Reading magazine’s April issue) as a result of our long phone interview back in January this year. I was delighted when Maureen asked if I’d take part in her new blog series, Shelf Awareness, in which writers … Read more…

Louise O’Brien reviews The Hope Fault on RNZ

Louise O’Brien reviewed The Hope Fault on RNZ Nine to Noon (26 April 2017), in the NZ Books review slot. The novel is beautifully restrained … I recommend it highly. It is smart writing, it’s thoughtful and nuanced. It’s respectful of the reader, it lets you fill in the gaps, and it lets you leave gaps unfilled … It feels very much … Read more…