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Tracy Farr has won the Mildura Writers Festival Residency

Farr wins residency

5th May 2015

Fremantle Press author Tracy Farr is headed to one of the most acclaimed literary festivals in Australia, the Mildura Writers Festival. Farr, who was awarded the 2015 residency, will spend the entire month of July in Mildura, Victoria, where she will host a writing workshop, write blog entries for the festival and continue to work on her latest novel.

Farr said she looked forward to enjoying the festival experience.

‘It seems that Mildura Writers Festival is small but perfectly formed. From what I hear, the smaller scale of the festival means that it’s more intimate, more relaxed, with more opportunities for writers to connect with each other and with the audience, compared with bigger festivals,’ said Farr.

‘When it comes down to it, I love sitting and listening to people talk about books and writing. Writing itself is such a solitary occupation, and the communal aspect of a festival is an antidote to that,’ said Farr.

Mildura Writers Festival is one of five arts and culture festivals hosted by Arts Mildura that run annually in the region.

While this is Farr’s first time at Mildura Writers Festival, the New Zealand–based author is no stranger to writing celebrations. Since the publication of her debut novel The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt in 2013 she has been invited to events across Australia and New Zealand, including Auckland Writers Festival, New Zealand Writers Week and Perth Writers Festival.

‘Apart from getting to the festival itself, the residency will give me time and space to keep working on my second novel. The festival is in the middle of the month so I’ll be there for the build-up as well as the afterglow,’ said Farr.

The 2015 Mildura Writers Festival brings together some of the best writers in a winter program of workshops, lectures and discussion forums. Miles Franklin Award winner Alexis Wright and American Pulitzer Prize winner Sharon Old are among the calibre of talent who join Farr at the festival, which runs on 16–19 July.

For more information please contact Claire Miller, cmiller@fremantlepress.com.au

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