Photo by Julian Dolman
Photo by Julian Dolman

Tracy Farr is a writer who used to be a scientist.

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 (2015), two Varuna Fellowships (2015, 2019), Bundanon Artist in Residence (2019) 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 (2017), UK, US and Italy (2018). The Hope Fault has been 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.

Tracy was born in Melbourne, and 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.

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Read Tracy’s profile in NZ Book Council’s Writers Files

Links to interviews with Tracy

Bad Diaries Salon

Contact Tracy

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Tracy Farr is:

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

Fond of swans. And maps.

Author of two published novels: The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt (love, loss, electronic music) and The Hope Fault (family, anxiety, geology). Working on the tricky third novel.

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