Hi there! My name’s Tracy Sorensen. I’m a novelist, freelance journalist, and video maker based in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. I’m currently the Judy Harris Writer in Residence at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney.
The Lucky Galah: My novel, The Lucky Galah, has been longlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Award. It was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for new Australian fiction and the new writing category in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and the Russell Humour Awards. It was also longlisted in the Indie Booksellers awards. Thank you Picador especially publishers Geordie Williamson & Matilda Imlah, my agent, Jacinta di Mase, Peter Bishop at Varuna and a big ol’ village of long-time supporters for helping me get this far!
The Pouch of Douglas (working title): I’m now working on a cancer memoir from the point of view of the affected abdominal organs. Is it a novel? A memoir? A work of “speculative non-fiction”? Who knows. My job for now is to just keep getting words on the page.
PhD: I’m now working on a PhD in craft & climate change communication in the School of Communication and Creative Industries at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst. My supervisors are Bruce Fell and Margaret Woodward.
Saving myself: My life since 2010 has been rather dominated by the fact that I am a carrier of the BRCA1 gene mutation. This is something I have in common with the actress Angelina Jolie. (Other than that, not much in common.)
Other writings: I’m also using this site to store journalism and other writing originally published elsewhere and to keep lists that I update from time to time, like favourite childhood books and an inventory of words used incorrectly by students (don’t worry, I’m not naming anyone) .
Video & documentary: This part of my life is currently on the back-burner. My feature-length documentary, Songs for Kate, is available from Ronin Films or from Books Plus in Bathurst. Over the years I’ve also made many client-based videos, but am not currently taking on any new projects.