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Alison Croggon (1962 – )

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Alison Croggon was born in Carlton, Transvaal, South Africa, in 1962. With her family she moved to England in 1966, and to Australia in 1969. She grew up near Ballarat in Victoria, and subsequently moved to Melbourne, where she still lives. Croggon has pursued a multi-faceted literary career, writing fiction, drama and opera libretti, literary and dramatic criticism, and poetry. Her first novel Navigato (1996) was commended in the Australian/Vogel Literary Award, and she has since written a series of fantasy novels, The Books of Pellinor (2002–2008). She is the Melbourne theatre critic for The Australian newspaper, and keeps a weblog of dramatic criticism, Theatre Notes. During the 1990s she was poetry editor for Overland Extra (1992), Modern Writing (1992–1994), and Voices (1996), and she established the literary E-zine Masthead, which she continues to edit.

Croggon’s first poetry collection, This is the Stone, was published in 1991 in a combined edition with Fiona Perry’s collection Pharoahs Returning. This is the Stone attracted significant critical attention for a first collection, and won both the FAW Anne Elder Poetry Award and the ASAL Mary Gilmore Award. She has since published eight further collections, including a volume of new and selected work, The Common Flesh. She has frequently embarked on reading tours in the UK and USA, and in 2000 was the Australia Council Writer-in-Residence at Pembroke College, Cambridge University.

Poetry Collections
  • This is the Stone Ringwood, Vic Penguin 1991
  • The Blue Gate Fitzroy North, Vic Black Pepper 1997
  • Mnemosyne Bray, Ireland Wild Honey Press 2001
  • Attempts at Being Applecross, WA Salt Publishing 2002
  • The Common Flesh: New & Selected Poems Todmorden, UK Arc Publications 2003
  • November Burning Newtown, NSW Vagabond Press 2004
  • Ash Los Angeles, USA Cusp Books 2006
  • Theatre Cambridge, UK Salt Publishing 2008
Suggested Further Reading
  • Alison Croggon - Poetry ArchiveThe Poetry Archive, online, http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/singlePoet.do?poetId=128
  • Alison Croggon’s Writingsonline: www.alisoncroggon.com
  • Alison Croggon The Process of WritingFamous Reporter no.27 (2003), pp. 82–83.
  • Alison Croggon Writng the Celestial Famous Reporter no.25 (2002), p. 162.
  • Coral Hull E-Interview - Alison Croggon Thylazine no.3 (2001)
  • John Kinsella Alison Croggon: Interviewed by John Kinsella Salt 12 (2000), pp. 63–73.
  • Justin Lowe Justin Lowe reviews Alison Croggon Cordite Poetry Review no.13 (2003) http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/14234/20031128-0000/www.cordite.org.au/archives/000086.html
  • Patricia McCarthy Conjugating Ourselves: Three Australian Women Poets: Katherine Gallagher Alison Croggon and M.T.C Cronin Agenda 41.1-2 (2005), pp. 179–95.
  • Geoff Page Alison Croggon A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry St Lucia, Qld University of Queensland Press 1995 pp. 44–45