Tracy Crisp

writer and funeral celebrant

I’m a writer and funeral celebrant living by the beach in Adelaide. On this website I keep my somewhat hit-and-miss blog along with news about my performances and novels. There is also some information about my work as a funeral celebrant, but for more detailed information please visit my dedicated celebrancy website. Thank you for visiting.

current performance

An Evening with the Vegetarian Librarian

Don’t feel sorry for me, not for me …

She might be a vegetarian, but she’s also the Gen-X meat in the inter-generational sandwich that is the modern Australian workplace.

A mostly true, slightly made-up tale of thwarted ambition, underachievement, and a funeral in a library. A meditation on reading and on ode to life before the device.

After a sold-out Adelaide Fringe watch this space for more opportunities to catch this show in 2020.


What the critics say 

‘Local playwright Tracy Crisp’s stories of memory and family are so vivid and affecting in The Forgettory they stay with you long after the theatre lights fade.’ Louise Nunn, The Advertiser

An Evening with the Vegetarian Librarian is clever, beautifully written with sentences lyrical in structure, and simple in its delivery–the booming laughter from Bakehouse Theatre’s Studio a testament to Crisp’s unique craft.’ Isabella Fowler, The Advertiser

‘She’s whimsical, witty, perceptive and erudite and she has a glorious way with words.’ Samela Harris, The Barefoot Review

‘ … the real beauty of it is that the stories themselves are not in any way spectacular. They’re relatable, they’re life, and though they very much belong to Tracy Crisp, you’ll know them too.’ Heather Taylor Johnson, InDaily

On sales

In which I am trying to sell tickets to my fringe show

latest novel


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


Arranging a funeral

Memorial Services

Including interment of ashes


Green funerals, natural burials, feminist funerals