Portrait of Alison Croggon

Alison Croggon

Alison Croggon is a Melbourne theatre critic, novelist, blogger and poet. She was named “a must-read critic” by the Guardian, along with Pauline Kael, Susan Sontag and James Wood.

Alison Croggon has published five collections of poems, which won the Anne Elder and Dame Mary Gilmore Prizes, and were shortlisted for the Victorian and NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Her most recent poetry book is Theatre. She is also the author of the Books of Pellinor quartet, a fantasy series that has been published worldwide to critical and popular acclaim.

She ran the influential review blog Theatre Notes and was Melbourne theatre critic for the Australian from 2007-2010, for which she won the 2009 Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year award. She has written several works for theatre, including the operas The Burrow and Gauguin with the composer Michael Smetanin, with whom she also wrote the opera, Mayakovsky, forthcoming in 2013. Her new novel, Black Spring, is due out with Walker Books late 2012.