Alison Cotes was an arts and theatre critic for 25 years. She co-founded The Matilda Awards with Sue Gough in 1988 and served on the judging panel. She has also written for crikey.com's Daily Review, for The Courier-Mail, and for a range of other publications..
She taught English Literature at The University of Queensland for 13 years, then started freelance writing with interests in literature, travel, the arts, and theology.
Australian Women's Book Review v 26 : no.1/2 2014.
Queensland Review, vol. 7, no. 2, pg. 109, 2000.
Matilda Awards, 10 April 2022 (https://www.matildaawards.com.au/news/2022/4/10/vale-alison-cotes).