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Writers on Mondays programme front page 2017

Writers on Mondays – Hopeful Animals, Wellington, 14 August

July 2, 2017

Tracy Farr

I’m really excited about being part of the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) Writers on Mondays programme this year, which includes – as well as a whole mob of great New Zealand writers – Australian writer Charlotte Wood (24 July – see programme). Writers on Mondays has been running for nearly a decade now, and is well established as a core part of Wellington’s literary scene. Here’s how IIML describes the series: From mid-July to October each year, the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML), home of Victoria University of Wellington’s renowned creative writing programme, runs a series of events highlighting writers active in ...
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Wonderland, Evening Post 14 Feb 1910

Ticket to Wonderland

July 1, 2017

Tracy Farr

Today is officially my first day waking up in Wonderland, as I (nominally) start the ten-month funding period for the Creative New Zealand Arts Grant I was awarded in May ‘towards researching and writing the first draft of a novel, Wonderland’. This is the second Arts Grant I’ve received from Creative New Zealand. The first, in 2014/15, gave me six months to focus on the structure of my second novel, The Hope Fault, and complete the novel’s final draft. I wrote about what that funding meant to me here, here and here. Getting that funding was life-changing (or novel-changing, at least); ...
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Auckland love story – AWF17

May 28, 2017

Tracy Farr

I had a wild and wonderful time at Auckland Writers Festival 2017 last weekend. This is the fifth year in a row that I’ve headed to Auckland for the festival, my second time (AWF15 was my first) as part of the programme. The festival gets bigger and better each year, continues to break its own records. Huge congratulations and thanks to Festival Director Anne O’Brien and her magnificent team (especially Claire Mabey, Catherine Braoudakis, Roger Christensen, Susanna Andrew, Penny Hartill, Tessa Yeoman; volunteers, ushers, booksellers; everyone!). I spent most of the three days I was at the festival doing one of my favourite things: sitting in ...
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Dancing on the beach, 1920, William James (public domain)

This festive season

May 15, 2017

Tracy Farr

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 finally be able to share the news that UK publisher Aardvark Bureau has signed The Hope Fault, with publication planned for 2018. Aardvark Bureau published my first novel, The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt, in 2016. I’m so thrilled to be part of their list, particularly as it includes such ...
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Rachel Getting Married

The most beautiful home movie ever made

May 7, 2017

Tracy Farr

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 his 2008 film Rachel Getting Married. The film had a mixed reception from critics on its release. Roger Ebert gave it four out of four stars; another critic compared the film to a two-hour colonoscopy without anaesthetic (I can’t find the original link, but there’s a great piece in the Vancouver ...
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Postcards From Surfers, inscribed

‘Shelf Awareness: Tracy Farr’ interview with Maureen Eppen

May 2, 2017

Tracy Farr

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 and bookish people respond to ten questions about the work they do and the books and authors they love, and share some photos of their own bookshelves (because who doesn’t love to stickybeak at the bookshelves of others?). Maureen published my responses – in words and images – ...
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‘Family Dynamics’ at Auckland Writers Festival, 21 May

April 21, 2017

Tracy Farr

The programme has been launched for Auckland Writers Festival 2017, which runs from 16 to 21 May. I’ll be there — this’ll be my fifth time attending AWF, my second time as a guest of the festival. I’m in one of the Four for Fifty Readings sessions — fifty-minute events in which four writers read from their recent work. Each session is themed; ours is Family Dynamics. I’ll be reading from my new novel, The Hope Fault, which is all about family, and dynamics, and family dynamics, so it fits right in to the theme. The whole AWF17 programme looks amazing — almost a little too good (if there is such a ...
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Hope Fault close-up 2015 South Island Geology map, Unfolding the map exhibition

‘The Hope Fault: family and faultlines’ event at National Library, Wellington, 9 May

April 20, 2017

Tracy Farr

I am told there are people who do not care for maps, and I find it hard to believe. — Robert Louis Stevenson I’m like RL Stevenson in that respect. I love a map. Maps, diagrams and geological bulletins (one bulletin in particular) caught my imagination and took over the reins while I was writing my novel The Hope Fault, and the geologist-poet character Zigmund (Zigi) Silbermann in my novel was inspired in part by the real-life geologist Raphael (Rafi) Freund. So I’m thrilled to be doing a lunchtime event at National Library in Wellington, aligned with their beautiful and informative exhibition Unfolding the Map: the cartography of New Zealand, discussing ...
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Tracy, Dunsborough, 1967

2, 2 and 2: talking about The Hope Fault

April 18, 2017

Tracy Farr

I’m a huge fan of Perth writer Amanda Curtin’s work, particularly her beautiful novels Elemental and The Sinkings. I was delighted when she asked me to contribute a guest blog post for her 2, 2 and 2 series, celebrating writers and their new books. For my 2, 2 and 2 post for Amanda, I wrote about two throwaway lines that inspired the The Hope Fault, two fictional places that are important in the novel (and their real-life origins), and two of my favourite characters in the novel. Read the blog post (‘2, 2 and 2: Tracy Farr talks about The Hope Fault’) online. Read Amanda Curtin’s blog looking ...
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Wallaby at Meow (photo Helen Kettles)

Music to warm a book by

April 1, 2017

Tracy Farr

This week we held a bookwarming in Wellington to celebrate the publication earlier in the month of my second novel, The Hope Fault. A bunch of us gathered (like the bunch of people in my book gather) to talk and drink and eat, under the unsettling but appropriate gaze of the wallabies and possums dotted about the room at Meow. The book was warmed into public life by some beautiful words from gracious women who joined me on the stage, MC’d by Craig Stevens (reader, I married him). We started with a few words from my publisher. I was thrilled to have Yvette Walker (until recently Perth-based, Yvette now ...
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The Hope Fault (map at National Library)

The Hope Fault on the map – reviews, interviews, events

March 23, 2017

Tracy Farr

My second novel, The Hope Fault, was published this month, and it’s been a strange and wonderful few weeks watching it start to make its way onto the map of the big wide world of books. Here are some highlights, and a reminder to join us in Wellington on 28 March to celebrate the novel’s publication. Reviews Pip Adam’s lovely long-form review ‘Telescopic Time: A review of The Hope Fault’ was published this week in online arts and culture mag The Pantograph Punch. Pip also talked up The Hope Fault on RNZ here. David Herkt’s review of The Hope Fault for Fairfax was published in their regional papers around New Zealand last weekend. Interviews My first interview for The Hope Fault was a marathon (and hugely ...
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The Hope Fault — publication day

March 1, 2017

Tracy Farr

Today is, officially, publication day for my second novel, The Hope Fault. Fremantle Press have produced a beautiful looking book, and it was a particular delight to work once again with publisher Georgia Richter on this novel. It’s such a thrill to be with Fremantle Press — Georgia and Jane Fraser and Claire Miller and the whole team are amazing, and I am so grateful for the support and enthusiasm they’ve shown for this new book. I’m thrilled and a little bit overawed to have cover quotes for this book from the authors of two outstanding novels of the past two ...
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KSP ironwork

Writing workshop at KSP in Perth, 18 February

February 2, 2017

Tracy Farr

I’m visiting Perth for 6 weeks, ahead of the publication (1 March) of my new novel The Hope Fault, and while I’m here I’m teaching a writing workshop at Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre (KSP) in Greenmount. It’s an updated version of a workshop I taught last year at Perth Writers Festival  and at WORD Christchurch Festival. If you’re interested, I hope you can join us on Saturday 18 February at KSP. Find details and a link for booking below. If you don’t already know it, KSP Writers’ Centre is a wonderful welcoming place for writers. Visit the KSP website to find out ...
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Great Big Book Read

The Great Big Book Read, Fremantle, 1 February

January 27, 2017

Tracy Farr

I’m visiting Western Australia for 6 weeks in early 2017, and while I’m here I’ll be taking part in the first event that Fremantle Press is holding this year – their very first Great Big Book Read, at Clancy’s Fish Pub in Fremantle, on 1 February. The Great Big Book Read will celebrate five new books from Fremantle Press, all published in early 2017. I’ll be reading from my new novel, The Hope Fault, and it’ll be available on the night, ahead of its release in March. Hope to see you there!   Fremantle Press Great Big Book Read Five new books, one big night. Join Fremantle Press for the very first Great Big Book ...
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Syllabus

2016: my year in books

January 9, 2017

Tracy Farr

Like Jane Rawson this year, I decided a few years ago to try reading in private for a while, rather than publicly rating and/or reviewing books on Goodreads or other sites. And it’s been working for me, this curving of my arm around to hide the page as I read. In 2016, I kept track of my reading in a small green notebook — one book to a page, with little room for notes. For maybe four out of five books I read, I rated them when I finished reading. Sometimes, but not always, I commented on my response to the book — but without ...
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