Alan Brunton was an endlessly fertile and eclectic poet, scriptwriter and performer. Born in Christchurch, Brunton also worked as an editor, director, performance tutor, literary critic and community arts worker. He was the founding editor of Freed and co-edited the tabloid-format arts magazine Spleen. With his partner Sally Rodwell, he also established the important experimental theatre group Red Mole. Brunton was the University of Canterbury’s Writer in Residence in 1998.
During this time he was directed by Peter Falkenberg to play Samuel Beckett's Krapp in Krapp's Last Tape. He also worked with Free Theatre and the Theatre and Film Studies Department honours students on Love on A Bicycle and stage three students on their end-of-year production of Brunton's Comrade Savage and was a regular visitor and guest for the company.
He died suddenly in Amsterdam in 2002.