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Remembered Presences  

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In 2010, the Guardian named Melbourne critic Alison Croggon as a ‘must read’ critic, alongside luminaries such as Susan Sontag, James Wood and Pauline Kael. She was the first online critic to be awarded the Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year, in 2009. Her blog Theatre Notes was the first theatre blog in Australia and, over its eight years of existence, made Croggon the most influential critical voice in Australian performance, with a wide international readership.

This long-awaited collection shows why. Including essays and reviews published in a variety of daily papers and literary magazines, as well as Croggon’s own blog, Theatre Notes, Remembered Presences is an eye witness account of the 2004–2012 Australian theatre renaissance, written as it occurred. Searching, challenging and always entertaining, Croggon grapples with the contradictions and delights of writing about performance, an ephemeral artform central to our cultural memory.

Currency Press | 978-1-76062-212-1 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB


ALISON CROGGON is a novelist, poet, theatre writer and critic who lives in Melbourne.

In 1989 she was appointed Melbourne theatre critic for the Bulletin , and since then has reviewed for the Australian , ABC Arts Online, the Guardian , Overland , The Monthly and the Australian Book Review . From 2004–2012 she ran the theatre review blog Theatre Notes, the first theatre blog in Australia. In 2009 she was awarded the Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year. In 2018 she co-founded the performance criticism website with Dr Robert Reid.

She has written libretti and plays for theatre since 1994. The Burrow and Gauguin, with scores by Michael Smetanin, premiered at the 1994 Perth and 2000 Melbourne Festivals. The libretto for Mayakovsky (score Michael Smetanin) was shortlisted for the 2015 Victorian Premiers Prize for Drama, and The Riders (score Iain Grandage) was awarded the Vocal/Choral Work of the Year in the 2015 Australian Arts Music Awards. Her plays include Lenz (Melbourne Festival 1996), Samarkand and The Famine (Red Shed Company 1997), Blue (La Mama 2001), Monologues for an Apocalypse (ABC Radio National 2001) and Specula (ABC Radio National 2006). My Dearworthy Darling, written for The Rabble, premieres at Malthouse Theatre in 2019.

Alison has published nine books of poetry, which won the Dame Mary Gilmore and Anne Elder Prizes and were shortlisted for NSW and Victorian Premiers Literary Awards. Her most recent collection is New and Selected Poems 1991–2017 (2017). She is the author of the epic fantasy series The Books of Pellinor, which sold more than half a million books worldwide and were shortlisted for three Aurealis Awards. Other internationally published novels include Black Spring (shortlisted for the 2014 NSW Premier’s Award) and The River and the Book (shortlisted for the 2016 WA Premier’s Award and winner of the Wilderness Society’s Environmental Writing for Children Award). With her husband Daniel Keene she is co-writing a science fiction series, Newport City ( Fleshers 2018, and Pinkers, due out in 2019). Her first middle grade book, The Threads of Magic, will be released internationally by Walker Books and Candlewick Press in early 2020. Her non-fiction memoir/essay Monsters will be published by Scribe Publications in 2019/20.