Newport Street Books publishes the indie books of Alison Croggon and Daniel Keene.
ALISON CROGGON is an award-winning novelist, poet, librettist and critic. Her poetry has been widely published in journals in Australia and internationally, and is included in many major Australian anthologies. Her first poetry collection, This is the Stone, won the Anne Elder and Dame Mary Gilmore Prizes. The Blue Gate was a finalist for the Victorian Premier’s Poetry Prize. Attempts at Being was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Poetry Prize and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in the US. Her poetry has been set to music by several composers and she has written many libretti, including Mayakovsky, for an opera by Michael Smetanin, which was a finalist for the Victorian Premier’s Awards Drama Prize, and The Riders, for Iain Grandage, which was named Choral/Vocal Work of the Year in the Australian Art Music Awards.
She is the author of the acclaimed fantasy series The Books of Pellinor. The Bone Queen, released through 2016/17, was a finalist for Best Young Adult Novel in the 2016 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Speculative Fiction. The first volume, The Gift (The Naming in the US), was nominated in two categories in the Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction in December 2002 and named one of the Notable Books of 2003 by the Children's Book Council of Australia. The US edition, The Naming, was judged a Top Ten Teen Read of 2005 by the editors of Amazon.com. The series has since been published in five European countries and to date has sold more than a half a million copies in the UK and US alone.
Other novels include The River and the Book, a finalist in the WA Premier’s Awards and winner of the Environmental Writing for Children Award; Black Spring, a finalist in the NSW Premiers Literary Awards; and Navigatio. She is also a performance critic, and in 2009 was named the Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, the playwright Daniel Keene, with whom she is co-writing a new speculative fiction series.
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DANIEL KEENE has written for the theatre since 1979. His work has been presented at the Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide International Arts Festivals and by the Melbourne Theatre Company and the Sydney Theatre Company. He has won the Victorian Premier’s Prize for drama twice, the New South Wales Premier’s Prize three times, The Queensland Premiere’s Prize, the Sydney Myer Performing Arts Award, The Adelaide Festival Award for Literature, The Sumner Locke Elliot Prize (New York) and has received the Kenneth Myer Medallion for his contribution to the Performing Arts.
Since 2000 over 80 productions of his work have been presented in Europe, predominately in France. He has been produced in the main program at the Festival de Avignon, and in theatres such as La Colline, Théâtre de Marais and Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Théâtre de la Commune, Scéne Nationale de Toulouse, La Comedie de Valance and Scéne National de Bordeaux. Seven volumes of his work (French translations by Severine Magois) have been published by éditions Theatrales, Paris. He has been awarded The Prix Théâtre En Pages by Scéne Nationale de Toulouse and in 2016 was appointed to the rank of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Artes et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.