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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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Ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive – a 2016 countdown

January 2, 2017

Tracy Farr

Let’s face it, 2016 has been a crap year for the world. And politically, 2017 scares the poop out of me (though let’s hope New Zealand seizes the opportunity later this year to #changethegovernment). But in writing terms, for me 2016 was a great year, and — with my new novel due out in a few months — I hope 2017 will be just as good. So I’m going to ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive and e-liminate the negative of 2016, with a random and belated countdown (a few days too late to ring in the new year) of five professional(ish) highlights of ...
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Good Dog 2016

Publication day: Good Dog! anthology

October 3, 2016

Tracy Farr

Today marks the publication of Good Dog! New Zealand Writers on Dogs, an anthology edited by Stephanie Johnson, and produced in glorious hardback by Vintage / Penguin Random House New Zealand. It has writing — poetry, fiction, essays, old and new — from a cast of New Zealand writers, including Fiona Kidman, Charlotte Grimshaw, Tina Makareti, Paula Morris, Michele Leggott, Steve Braunias, Sam Hunt … and Captain James Cook. I too have a piece in the collection. Titled ‘At the Bay’, it’s a chapter (and the first published extract) from my forthcoming novel The Hope Fault. Dogs don’t play a great ...
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The Hope Fault

Hope springs

September 26, 2016

Tracy Farr

A year ago today — in late September 2015 — I sent the manuscript of my second novel off to Georgia Richter, publisher and editor extraordinaire at Fremantle Press, with fingers crossed, but unsure what her response would be. I had had the pleasure of working with Georgia on my first novel, The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt, and she knew I’d been working on this second novel for the past few years. But I’d worked on it in a strange kind of self-imposed isolation; before I sent the manuscript to Georgia, no one had read it but me. I honestly had ...
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Hashtag wordchch

Aardvarks + Aussies + BUST, oh my!

August 12, 2016

Tracy Farr

In a fortnight I’ll be in Christchurch for WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival 2016 (24–28 August). There’s a hashtag, of course; trust @kebabette to wear it with style. The last #WORDCHCH, in 2014, was fabulous (I wrote about it here and here, and here‘s the PechaKucha talk I gave there), and this year the festival promises (less scary than lions and tigers and bears) Aardvarks and Aussies and BUST. Oh my!   Aardvarks There’ll be a cluster (a flock, a herd, a Bureau) of Aardvarks at #WORDCHCH. Fresh new UK publisher Aardvark Bureau has three New Zealand authors (of a total of eight) on its list, and all three of us ...
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How To Name Baby

Lena Gaunt by any other name

June 10, 2016

Tracy Farr

Names are funny things, important things, and they fascinate me; indeed, my second novel, The Hope Fault, is at least partly about names and naming. I spend a lot of (aka too much) time mulling over character names in my writing. I love to name my chapters, too, title them rather than just giving them numbers or leaving them bareheaded. I have been known to come up with a title first, then write something to match. I was pleased to hear that, in this, I’m in the fine company of Elizabeth McCracken. In a session at Auckland Writers Festival last month, McCracken confessed that she ...
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Dancing round the May-Pole

The merry month of May

June 3, 2016

Tracy Farr

O, the month of May, the merry month of May, So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green! ‘The Merry Month of May’ by Thomas Dekker (1599) The month just past (So frolic. Much gay. Many green. Wow.) would’ve warranted a celebratory skip around the maypole, if it hadn’t been a bit chilly and rainy for maypole-skipping in these parts. I’ll make do with a Merry May listicle, instead. Marking 20 years living in Wellington. We (the husband and I, fresh-faced, fresh from five years in Vancouver) arrived in New Zealand on Anzac Day 1996, and spent a cold and boozy week visiting ...
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The Life + Loves of Lena Gaunt (Aardvark Bureau 2016)

The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt published in the UK

January 9, 2016

Tracy Farr

Though it’s been creeping into shops (online and bricks-and-mortar) for the past few weeks, and already gaining some glowing early online reviews, today – 9 January 2016 – marks the official UK publication date for The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt (Aardvark Bureau). To celebrate, this is my virtual group hug to all involved, including but not limited to: The Aardvark Bureau/Gallic Books/Belgravia Books team, especially Jane Aitken and Emily Boyce, for bringing The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt to the big wide world. Former Aardvarkian Scott Pack, for stumbling upon The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt and bringing it to the Aardvark Bureau list ...
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Aardvark Bureau

Lena Gaunt and other titles on Aardvark Bureau 2016 list

November 15, 2015

Tracy Farr

In his blog post ‘The Aardvark emerges’, Scott Pack talks about the list of upcoming titles due from Aardvark Bureau in the first half of 2016. The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt (January 2016) is joined on the list by novels from two much-loved Wellington authors: Fiona Kidman‘s The Infinite Air (March 2016), and Damien Wilkins’ Max Gate. Fellow Fremantle Press author Robert Edeson‘s first novel, The Weaver Fish, is out in April from Aardvark. We have already published three books…Next year will see Aardvark Bureau in full flow. We kick off in January with a debut from New Zealand…The Life and Loves of Lena ...
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In Love and War: Nursing Heroes

Liz Byrski: In Love and War, and Lena

July 28, 2015

Tracy Farr

Liz Byrski was interviewed recently on WritingWA‘s Cover to Cover, about her most recent book, In Love and War: Nursing Heroes. Cover to Cover host Meri Fatin described the process of writing In Love and War as “as almost like a piece of plastic surgery in itself”. In this short excerpt from the 40-minute interview, Liz talks about what she learned from writing In Love and War. She also has some warm and generous things to say about my book, The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt. Here are links to the whole episode featuring Liz, as well as previous episodes. Cover to Cover Ep. 4: Liz Byrski, In Love and ...
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cat // sky // mildura

Midway in Mildura

July 15, 2015

Tracy Farr

My month as Writer in Residence in Mildura is already half over. How did that happen? Melbourne first The trip started with a 24-hour stopover in Melbourne. I spent much of the day working at the State Library of Victoria. What a treat to be able to waltz in, get a library card, request (and receive within half an hour) in-library use only references, all so easily and smoothly. I liked Hannie Rayson’s piece about the State Library, in The Age last weekend. Later in the day I met up with two until-then online-only writerly pals who, as it happens, both have books ...
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Mildura Writers Festival

Mildura Writers Festival and Residency

June 9, 2015

Tracy Farr

Next month’s going to be all about Mildura, so I’m going to keep this post short and sweet, as a taste of what’s to come. I’ve been lucky enough to be awarded the inaugural Mildura Writers Festival Residency. The residency is an initiative of Arts Mildura and the Mildura Writers Festival. During the month (July 2015) of the residency, I’ll have time and space to keep working on my current project, my second novel, The Hope Fault. As part of the residency I’ll also be writing blogs for the festival, and hosting a writing workshop or two in the community — great ...
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