Hello and welcome to March 2018. Perth Writers Week is over but there’s lots more to come from Fremantle Press.
Perth Writers Week is over! What a weekend. Our authors make us proud every time we see them talking. There was Tracy Ryan’s conversation about The Water Bearer, where she went from talking about manspreading to Rilke and from Sylvia Plath to her son, Tim, who was seated in the front row. There were Story Land sessions where some kids went home red-cordial excited (Cristy Burne, Deb Fitzpatrick) and others where kids went home all zen (Sabrina Dudgeon-Swift, Yasmin Hamid). Robert Edeson talked in depth with festival curator William Yeoman about his unclassifiable and wonderful new novel Bad to Worse. Our crime writers took to the streets of Northbridge (David Whish-Wilson), took the festival to the City of Perth Library (Alan Carter) and talked up a crime writing storm with international authors like Dervla McTiernan (Alan Carter and Dave Warner). There were many more sessions – too many to mention but all heartily appreciated, so well done to organisers and participants alike.
Meanwhile, in the Land of the Long White Cloud Tracy Farr was quietly sitting through a cyclone while creating some little storms of her own. The biggest and best news was that her novel The Hope Fault, which is already set to be published in the UK, is going to be translated and published in Italian by Parallelo45 Edizioni. Smaller but also lovely news is that Tracy was awarded a four-week-long Michael King Writers’ Centre Residency to work on her third novel – the story of three sisters, identical triplets born in an amusement park in the first decade of the twentieth century. Wellingtonians can catch Tracy when she chairs a session featuring Mimi Pond and Brent Williams at the New Zealand Festival on 9 March. Meanwhile Melbournians can join Tracy as she launches Jenny Ackland’s book Little Gods at Readings Melbourne on 20 March.
And so, from Tracy Ryan to Tracy Farr, and from the Wheatbelt to Wellington, I’ll say goodbye till next time!