Tracey Farren

Writer

About Tracey Farren

Tracey Farren lives a stone’s throw from the Cape Point Nature Reserve, Cape Town with her partner and a pack of dogs and children. She completed a psychology honours degree at the University of Cape Town before working as a freelance journalist. A creative writing course with Anne Shuster turned her writing life on its head.

“The job of writer is to be a ventriloquist.”

The Book of Malachi

Tracey has just published her third novel, The Book of Malachi.

This is a book of speculative fiction about an inhumane medical project taking place on an abandoned oil rig in the deep sea.

Malachi, a mute survivor of an African civil war must decide whether to risk his life for the victims or let them perish.

Now available at all leading bookstores

The audio-book is available here:

Previous Novels

Now a Major Film “Tess”

Whiplash

Whiplash

Tracey was nominated for a South African Film and TV Award (SAFTA) this year for her screenplay, Tess, adapted from her first novel, Whiplash.

Tracey’s first novel, Whiplash (Modjaji Books) was inspired by the feisty street workers she met during her journalistic research. She was fascinated by the horror of their daily lives and the audacious courage that it takes to confront it. The character, ‘Tess’ was born of her deep curiosity and their indomitable spirit.Whiplash was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Literary Award and won a White Ribbon award for its role in the battle against woman and child abuse. Tracey adapted the story to a screenplay and the feature film, Tess (Boondogle Films) for which she won a SAFTA award. The film picked up numerous awards at the Durban International Film Festival and the Silwerskerm Film Festival including best S.A. feature film. It screened at the BRICS International Film Festival in New Delhi, the Brussels and Gothenburg International Film Festivals.
It also screened at the International Feature Film Competition for Women Directors in Dortmund in April. The Little Film Company (New York & London) selected Tess for international distribution.

Snake

Tracey’s second novel, Snake (Modjadji Books) is a psychological thriller about a little farm girl who watches a charming stranger destroy her family.  She calls on her intimacy with the wild and her fierce courage to try and stop him.

Tracey adapted the novel to a screenplay and in 2018 the project won the WGSA pitch competition at the Cape Town International Film Market. The National Film and Video Foundation has selected Snake for production funding and the film is currently in development with Boondogle Films.

 

Snake

Tracey’s second novel, Snake (Modjadji Books) is a psychological thriller about a little farm girl who watches a charming stranger destroy her family.  She calls on her intimacy with the wild and her fierce courage to try and stop him.

Tracey adapted the novel to a screenplay and in 2018 the project won the WGSA pitch competition at the Cape Town International Film Market. The National Film and Video Foundation has selected Snake for production funding and the film is currently in development with Boondogle Films.

 

Tracey in the Media

Tess - Movie Adaptation

“Tess” is a screen adaptation of Tracey’s book “Whiplash”.

Tess SABC Interview

Tracey, with Meg Rickards, interviewed on SABC News.

Tracey's SAFTA Nomination

Tracey was nominated for Best Achievement in Scriptwriting.

Morning Live Interview

Tracey interviewed about her latest Novel, ‘The Book of Malachi’

The Book of Malachi - Bolinda Audio Clip

The Book of Malachi - Soundcloud Clip

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