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Before entering the shadowy spy-noir research and writing, Lanigan lived in world of Circus and Street theatre, and wrote books about it.Scroll down for information about her previous Literary and Performance work.

Clownland, clown, quest, happiness, Lanigan. circus

Judith Lanigan studied her circus speciality - hula hoops- at the Moscow State Circus School and created her signature piece- a hula hoop variation of the ballet divertissement 'The Dying Swan' - which toured extensively to international Arts and Street Theatre Festivals.


Lanigan documented her experiences in a book titled 'A True History of the Hula Hoop' published as fiction by Picador in 2009.


The sequel 'Clownland' is a non-ficti0on quest top find the Secret of Happiness in a series of interviews and experiences collecting philosophy from practitioners of Clown.

Reviewed in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald as a " of admirable daring and spirit."

More information about Clownland here

The ebook edition of Clownland is available for download here

Published as fiction by Picador in 2009, A True History of the Hula Hoop documents Lanigan's experiences as a hula hoopist. Shortlisted for the Varuna Award. Highly Commended for the Barbra Jeffries, and the Kibble Award. 

Details and Press Reviews 

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Lanigan's Dying Swan is a hulahoop variation of the ballet divertissement originally choreographed for Anna Pavlova 

Festival Credits here

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Judith Lanigan documented her experiences with The Dying Swan in her first book A True History of the Hula Hoop, published by Picador in 2009

More information is available here.

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Stunt Hula hoopist with an extensive background of international Arts and street theatre performance- multilingual, versatile, crowd-commanding comedy.

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