Alison Croggon is an award-winning novelist, poet, librettist and critic.
She has published many poetry collections and novels across many genres, including the acclaimed fantasy quintet The Books of Pellinor,Black Spring and The River and the Book. Her most recent book is the non-fiction title Monsters, and her first middle grade fantasy, The Threads of Magic, has just been released in the US. Awards include the Dame Mary Gilmore and Anne Elder Awards for poetry and the Wilderness Society’s 2016 Environment Award for Children’s Literature for The River and the Book. Her work has been shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, the WA Premier’s Literary Award and several Aurealis Awards.
Her extensive theatre writing includes Fidelio for the 2020 Perth Festival and My Dearworthy Darling for The Rabble and Malthouse Theatre in 2019, The Riders with Iain Grandage (Vocal/Choral Work of the Year 2015 Art Music Awards), and Mayakovsky with Michael Smetanin, which qA shortlisted for the Drama Prize in the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.
She is arts editor of The Saturday Paper and in 2009 she was the first online critic to win the Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year Award.