About the author

Anwen Crawford

About the book

Judges' report

No Document is a longform poetic essay that considers the ways we might use an experience of grief to continue living, creating, and reimagining the world we live in with greater compassion and honour.

Reflecting on the loss of a close friend, comrade, and creative collaborator, Crawford moves through time in search of a remembered momentum towards revolution. Deconstruction and creation exist side-by-side as the processes of artistic techniques are described in detail, as well as the successes and failures of collective action.

This work is a complex, deeply thought, and deeply felt ode to friendship and collaboration. There is the persistent feeling that through grief – remarkable and devastating – one is able to temporarily glimpse everything they need to know. Returning to something lost is full of sadness, futility, and frustration but also represents a fierce commitment to possibility. The emotional, paradoxical tumble of grief and hope represents a universal desire for meaningful change and No Document implores us to harness that desire collectively.



Further reading


“…a stunningly crafted testament to the enduring power of art and literature.” – Francesca Sasnaitis, Australian Book Review

“She is a shape and the shape is an absence.” – Alix Beeston, The Sydney Review of Books

“Crawford’s conjunctions – visual, linguistic, technical – between the processes of photography, filmmaking, and art production are pathways to understanding the enormity of loss, destruction, and sorrow; the calamitous scars wrought on body and mind by resisting injustice.” – Francesca Sasnaitis, Australian Book Review


Read ‘The Letters of Sylvia Plath and the Transformation of a Poet’s Voice’ by Awen Crawford in The New Yorker

Watch Anwen Crawford in conversation with Declan Fry via Giramondo Publishing

Listen to Anwen Crawford discuss No Document via TripleR

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