I'm a novelist, poet, critic and sometimes writer for and about the theatre. Each of these things keeps interrupting the others. My poetry and criticism have won prizes. I'm the author of the popular and critically acclaimed fantasy quartet The Books of Pellinor, the Gothic fantasy Black Spring and The River and the Book, a forthcoming speculative fiction novel. In English, my novels are published with Walker Books (UK and Australia), Candlewick (US) and Penguin Books Australia. I have self-published two novels as Kindle ebooks: the literary memoir Navigatio and Jimmy Wonderspoon, a story that I wrote for my 10-year-old daughter. Presently I'm writing The Bone Queen, a prequel to the Books of Pellinor. You can find out more at alisoncroggon.com. And you can follow me on twitter at @alisoncroggon.

Why "Reimkennar"? It's an old word for sorceress that stems from old Germanic: literally "rhyme knower". Seems like a good title for a fantasy novelist slash poet slash whatever.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


So much for faithfully keeping up with myself! The truth is that blogging about myself comes a long way behind the other occasional writing - reviews, essays etc - that I do, and hence poor old Reimkenner is shamefully neglected. I am now logging all my online writing at alisoncroggon.tumblr.com in a desperate attempt to at least get everything in one place. But microblogging and twitter seems to be all I can manage.

But there is some news I should share: Black Spring has been shortlisted for the Ethel Turner Prize in the NSW Premiers Literary Awards. I am very pleased! And late last year I finished another Pellinor book, The Bone Queen, of which more hereafter. And after lengthy negotiations, The River and the Book, the novel I finished before The Bone Queen, will be out with Walker Books Australia and UK next year.