Tracy Crisp

writer and funeral celebrant

I’m a writer and funeral celebrant living by the beach in Adelaide.

Tickets for my 2019 Adelaide Fringe show The Forgettory are on sale now through fringetix. A story of identity and memory that asks, ‘If we don’t remember who we were, then who do we become?’

My second novel Surrogate is a story about fertility and choice across the generations. It’s published by Wakefield Press. My forthcoming novel, Blackout, is set in the Adelaide airport on the night of the statewide blackout. 

There is some information about my work as a funeral celebrant on this page, but for more detailed information please visit my dedicated celebrancy website.

By tracy crisp


Good mothers don’t give up their babies … do they?

Rachael Carter, a young nurse, is asked to house-sit by a colleague she barely knows. Dr Cate O’Reilly is travelling to Vietnam with her husband to adopt a baby. Before long the request has changed. The couple need a surrogate.

Rachael sees an opportunity to leave her own troubles behind, but is soon caught up in new struggles, both sexual and psychological. She discovers that this couple will do anything to see their dream of a child fulfilled.

Surrogate is a powerful story, beautifully told

Other Books and Shows

The Forgettory

(2019 Adelaide Fringe)

(2018 Adelaide Fringe)


Black Dust Dancing
(my first novel)


Arranging a funeral

Memorial Services

Including interment of ashes


Green funerals, natural burials, feminist funerals


On farewells

In which I’m grumpy, even if I know I shouldn’t be