Tracy Crisp

Writer and Funeral Celebrant

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Hello and welcome

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 Made an Adult

Part four in my ongoing trilogy. Debuting at the Adelaide Fringe, February 2021.

Midnight in the kitchen. With her youngest child turning 18, a mother faces her greatest challenge yet: one final chance to make a Women’s Weekly birthday cake look like the picture. But as she turns the cookbook’s pages and her memories are stirred, she uncovers a truth she knows she can’t hide from her child. A bittersweet story of beaten eggs, spilt milk and the sifted years of childhood. 

You can read more about the show here. Audio guides to the show including enhanced program notes, image descriptions, and an audio of the program are available on my soundcloud page here. Transcripts of the audio guide are available here.

A book cover showing the back of a woman's head; a baby is peeking over her shoulder. There are distant trees in the background.



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

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Funerals, Memorials and Grieving During COVID-19

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.