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, novels and other writing and sometimes visual arts. There is some information about my work as a funeral celebrant, but for more detailed funeral information please visit my dedicated celebrancy website. Thank you for visiting.

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I Made an Adult

“Her delivery is superb, her observations honest … ” Ewart Shaw, The Advertiser.

 “… this 50 minute gem is a warm, loving and beautifully drawn story … her delivery is nuanced, fluent and seamless … her command of words is genius … ” Jude Hines, Stage Whispers.

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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Funeral Celebrant and Planning Services

I don’t write much about my work as a funeral celebrant on this website, but in many ways my work as a funeral celebrant draws on my work as a writer and performer. Drawing on my own experiences, I often explore the themes of grief and memory through my writing. My work is grounded in the profound lesson of my mother’s final day and what it truly means to live every day as if it is your last.

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