Portrait of Kirsten Tranter

Kirsten Tranter

Kirsten Tranter is a novelist, poet, critic and columnist based in Sydney. She is the author of The Legacy and A Common Loss.

Her debut novel, The Legacy, was published to international critical acclaim in 2010, and selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Debut Novel of the year. It was shortlisted for the ABIA Literary Fiction award, the ALS Gold Medal, the Indie Debut Fiction award, and longlisted for the Miles Franklin award. Her second novel, A Common Loss, was published in 2012.

Kirsten has published poetry, fiction, literary criticism, and articles on contemporary fiction. She is one of the founders of the new award for Australian women’s writing, The Stella Prize, and the discussion series and blog When Genres Attack!