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.

I don’t write much about my work as a funeral celebrant on this website, but with such enormous changes I thought it was important. With funerals limited to smaller numbers, interstate travel restricted, and venues closed, there have been many sudden changes to the ways we can hold funerals. Please know that there are–and will always be–ways to make sure you can celebrate life and mourn death in a meaningful way that includes all of the most important people.

The first thing to know is that you do not need to rush. There is time and space to make sure decisions are right for you.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or confused about your options, please feel free to get in touch. I am available for a free phone consultation to talk things through.

Whether you want to:

  • understand what you can do now and what you can do later
  • know how to write a eulogy that can be shared online
  • ensure everyone is included even when there are only limited people allowed in person
  • simply need reassurance that you are not alone, and there is an answer

I can help, either giving you the answer or point you in the right direction.

My genuine wish is that you find the right answers and the right people to help you create the funeral or memorial you want.

I have written some more about your options here and over the next week, I will be writing more detailed articles and posting them on my dedicated celebrancy website but in the meantime please feel free to get in touch.

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

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

I acknowledge and pay my respects to the Kaurna people, the Traditional Custodians of this land. I acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of the Kaurna people to Country and I pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.