Born in Carlton, Transvaal, South Africa, Alison Croggon moved as a child to England in 1966 and to Australia in 1969, growing up near Ballarat and later moving to Melbourne. She has written poetry, plays, libretti, translations and criticism, an adult novel and fantasy novels for young adults. She has had a number of stage works produced, including operas for which she wrote the libretti ('The Burrow', 'Gauguin' and 'The White Army' with Michael Smetanin) and several of her poems have also been set to music. She also wrote the lyrics for the songs used in Deidre Rubinstein's 'Confidentially Yours'.
She was poetry editor for Overland Extra (1992), Modern Writing (1992-1994) and Voices (National Library of Australia, 1996) and was founding editor of Masthead literary arts magazine. In November 2002 she participated in the UK Poetry International Festival at Royal Festival Hall in London.
In 2003 she was the organiser of the Australian wing of Poets Against the War, collecting poems which were delivered to the Prime Minister Mr Howard in protest against the impending war against Iraq.
'Cadvan of Lirigon, once the most brilliant young Bard of his generation, is exiled for a terrible crime which caused the death of his lover, Ceredin, and the serious injury of his rival, Dernhil of Gent. Racked by guilt and self-contempt, he flees to a poor mining village, seeking a new life as a humble cobbler. His exile is broken when Dernhil tracks him down, with the news that the evil Cadvan unwittingly loosed on Annar, the revenant Bone Queen, is stalking Lirigon. Together the Bards must save not only the living, but also the dead. But can Dernhil forgive the injury that Cadvan caused him? And can Cadvan ever forgive himself?
'Critically acclaimed fantasy author Alison Croggon returns to Pellinor with The Bone Queen, a prequel to the events described in the popular Books of Pellinor quartet. The Bone Queen tells the story of Cadvan‘s struggle for redemption, as the Dark begins its quest to destroy the Bards of Annar.' (Source: Author website)
'From the internationally bestselling author of The Books of Pellinor comes a powerful story about the exploitation of indigenous people by the First World. In Simbala's village they have two treasures: the River, which is their road and their god; and the Book, which is their history, their oracle and their soul. Simbala is a Keeper of the Book, the latest in a long line of women who can use it to find answers to the villagers' questions. As developers begin to poison the River on which the villagers rely, the Book predicts change. But this does not come in the form that they expect; it is the sympathetic Westerner that comes to the village who inflicts the greatest damage of all.' (Publication summary)
'Innovative Australian composer Michael Smetanin joins forces with award-winning writer and librettist Alison Croggon to tell the incendiary story of Stalin’s favourite poet - Vladimir Mayakovsky. Fusing the life of Russian futurist writer and artist Mayakovsky with the development of the totalitarian Soviet state, Sydney Chamber Opera’s world premiere production brings the pulsing energies of rebellion to Carriageworks.' (Production summary)