Kirsten Tranter
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  • October22nd

    I’m running a Masterclass in Fiction for writers working on a novel length project at the NSW Writers Centre on November 20. Here’s an interview with me from their recent newsletter, with links to finding out more about the course.

  • October22nd

    If you’ve read The Legacy you’ll know something about my interest in the obscure field of graphology, the study of psychological traits revealed by handwriting. So it was fascinating to find this piece in Vanity Fair, an addendum to their article on the recent discovery of Marilyn Monroe’s personal notebooks. All in keeping with the mystical-scientific aura of graphology, they asked “an expert in the science” of graphology to analyze the notebooks without knowing who the author was…

  • October12th

    Martin Puryear’s incredible show at the MOMA somehow helped me make sense of something while I was writing The Legacy and I keep thinking about it now while trying to finish Work in Progress. He says, “… coherence is not the same as resolution. The most interesting art for me retains a flickering quality, where opposed ideas can be held in tense coexistence.” Reminds me of Henry James’ beautiful argument that “The effort really to see and really to represent is no idle business in face of the constant force that makes for muddlement. The great thing is indeed that the muddled state too is one of the very sharpest of the realities, that it also has colour and form and character.” (Preface to What Maisie Knew).

    Link to the MOMA exhibition site here.

  • October12th

    Library Journal gives a starred review to The Legacy, describing it as “intricate, fascinating, and original.” Wow.

  • October5th

    I now have a proper author page on facebook so you can officially “like” me : )

  • October5th

    My review of Hilary Thayer Hamann’s lush debut novel, from The Sydney Morning Herald (via facebook, since either Fairfax media makes this really hard, or I am really slow about figuring it out…)

  • October1st

    I have a proper Author Page on Amazon now. And can I just say that I love the fact that when you search for Kirsten Tranter on Amazon you are presented with the opportunity to buy not only The Legacy but also my article on Samuel Sheppard’s Civil War epic poem The Faerie King in a recent issue of Studies in English Literature, for roughly the same price. And then there’s all the books by Nigel Tranter that also come up…