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The Hope Fault (Fremantle Press, 2017)

The Hope Fault makes its way to the stage

September 6, 2018

Tracy Farr

A few months ago the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) acquired the stage rights to my novel The Hope Fault from my Australian publisher Fremantle Press (there was a quiet announcement in Books+Publishing’s rights round-up in early July). I’m thrilled that The Hope Fault is being adapted for the stage by writer, director and actor Andrew Hale. Andrew most recently adapted Patrick White’s short story ‘The Cockatoos’ for the stage, and he talked about that process in an interview in October 2015 with ABC (for the record, I fall into the ‘I love Patrick White’ camp). The Hope Fault will be ...
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The Hope Fault

The Hope Fault published in UK (and a playlist to celebrate)

July 26, 2018

Tracy Farr

The Hope Fault, my second novel, is making its way out into the world. This month marks its publication in UK, by the wise and wonderful team at Aardvark Bureau / Gallic Books. It’ll be published (in the same Aardvark Bureau edition) in the US in October this year, and later this year it will be published in Italy by Unorosso / Parallelo45 Edizioni (more news on that soon). All this flows from the Australian / New Zealand edition published by Fremantle Press in March last year. All these wonderful editors and publishers and PR people, all of them booklovers and book champions – it makes ...
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The Hope Fault (Aardvark Bureau, 2018)

The Hope Fault in 10 questions

June 7, 2018

Tracy Farr

My second novel, The Hope Fault, will be published by Aardvark Bureau (an imprint of Gallic Books / Belgravia Books Collective) in July 2018 (UK) and October 2018 (US). Recently, Aardvark Bureau asked me ten questions about The Hope Fault, and my reading and writing life. You can read the Q&A here. I talk about a few favourite authors and books in the Q&A: Jenny Ackland’s marvellous novels The Secret Son and Little Gods; Mimi Pond’s graphic novels/memoirs Over Easy and The Customer is Always Wrong; Carol Shields’ 1992 novel The Republic of Love (here’s a marvellous 1992 review in the NY Times); and ...
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Another 100 NZ Short Stories

A memory of others

May 31, 2018

Tracy Farr

This month marks 20 years since the publication, in May 1998, of my first piece of fiction, in this fine wee book: Another 100 New Zealand Short Short Stories, edited by Graeme Lay, and published by Tandem Press (it’s out of print now, though probably in secondhand bookstores and libraries; stories from three volumes in the series were – I recall – later published by Black Swan/Random House NZ in an omnibus edition). As editor Graeme Lay explains in his introduction, ‘a competition was launched to attract contributions’ for this, a follow-up book on the back of the success of his bestselling 1997 anthology 100 New Zealand Short ...
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Jesse Mulligan Short Story Club on RNZ

Short Story Club, on stage and on air

November 16, 2017

Tracy Farr

Back in May 2017, Jesse Mulligan kicked off a new weekly feature on his weekday afternoon show on Radio New Zealand: Short Story Club. The idea for Short Story Club first came up, if I’m not mistaken, one afternoon a few weeks earlier when Jesse had frequent bookish guest and LitCrawl Queen (or possibly Pirate) Claire Mabey on the show. It works like this: every Thursday, after the 3pm news, Jesse and a guest spend about quarter of an hour discussing a New Zealand short story. A link to an online version of the story for discussion is posted the week before, and listeners are invited to send in their thoughts ...
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LitCrawl Wellington 2017

Short Story Book Club Live at LitCrawl Wellington

November 11, 2017

Tracy Farr

I’ve been enjoying heading in to the RNZ studio now and again this year (here, here, here and here) to take part in Short Story Club, a weekly feature on Jesse Mulligan’s afternoon show. One of my stories, ‘Once had me’, has even been the story for discussion (not, obviously, a week I took part in the discussion; that would’ve been weird). The format for Short Story Club on RNZ is this: every Thursday after 3pm Jesse and a guest or two discuss a New Zealand short story, and read feedback from listeners. A link to the week’s story is posted online the week before, and ...
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Window at Mattie Furphy House

After Mattie’s

October 29, 2017

Tracy Farr

This time two weeks ago I was getting towards the end of my 28-hour journey from Perth, home to Wellington (driving from Perth to Busselton; coaching from Busselton to Perth airport; waiting, waiting; flying from Perth to Auckland to Wellington; don’t ask, it’s a long and not very interesting story), after finishing my month-long stay at Mattie Furphy House as Fellowship of Australian Writers WA (FAWWA) / Copyright Agency Cultural Fund Established Writer-in-Residence. I had planned to write here, during my residency, about the residency, but honestly I ended up with my head down working the whole time (and taking part in ...
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Bad Diaries Salon - Regrets - Artwork Robert Lukins

AFTERGLOW: Regrets and other events

October 29, 2017

Tracy Farr

On their website, the folks at Unity Books in Wellington recap events they hold in-store with blog posts titled AFTERGLOW. So, stealing from Unity (this is, I promise, the only manner in which I steal from Unity), I’d like to look back at the gleaming afterglow of events I took part in while I was in Perth as FAWWA Writer-in-Residence, as well as two ‘in conversation’ events in Wellington that bookended my trip to Perth. Huge thanks to all who came along, and to everyone who made these events possible, including the team at Fremantle Press, and of course to FAWWA and Copyright Agency ...
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From the map "Commonwealth of Australia", published with the Official Year Book of the Commonwealth of Australia, Melbourne: McCarron, Bird and Co., 1916.

What’s on in September

September 9, 2017

Tracy Farr

I’ve had my head down lately, trying to avoid social media (it was making me anxious) and write a book. I’m still working on both. But I’ll be working on them from Western Australia for the next month or so, as next week I take up a month-long writing residency at Fellowship of Australian Writers (WA) – more on that when I move in next week. For now, here’s a heads-up about events I have coming up this month while I’m in WA (or take a look at Fremantle Press news item Tracy Farr on tour). In conversation at Beaufort Street Books, ...
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Writers on Mondays programme front page 2017

Writers on Mondays – Hopeful Animals, Wellington

August 14, 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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‘Family Dynamics’ at Auckland Writers Festival

May 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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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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Hope Fault close-up 2015 South Island Geology map, Unfolding the map exhibition

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

May 9, 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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