Marion Halligan

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Marion Halligan
BornMarion Mildred Halligan
1940 (age 82–83)
Newcastle, New South Wales
Notable worksValley of Grace, The Golden Dress

Marion Mildred Halligan AM (born 1940) is an Australian writer and novelist. She was born and educated in Newcastle, New South Wales, and worked as a school teacher and journalist before publishing her first short stories. Halligan has served as chairperson of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and the Australian National Word Festival. She currently lives in Canberra.

For a number of years she was a member of a group of women writers based in Canberra known as the "Canberra Seven" or "Seven Writers". The group began with three members in 1980, growing to seven by 1984. In addition to Marion Halligan, they were Dorothy Johnston, Margaret Barbalet, Sara Dowse, Suzanne Edgar, Marian Eldridge and Dorothy Horsfield. The group essentially disbanded after Marian Eldridge's death in 1997. However, before that they met regularly to critique each other's work, and published a book of short stories called Canberra Tales in 1988.[1]

She was appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM), General Division, in 2006 for services to literature and for her work in promoting Australian literature.[2]




  • Self Possession (1987)
  • Spider Cup (1990)
  • Lovers' Knots: A Hundred-Year Novel (1992)
  • Wishbone (1994)
  • The Golden Dress (1998)
  • The Fog Garden (2001)
  • The Point (2003)
  • The Apricot Colonel (2006)
  • Murder on the Apricot Coast (2008)
  • Valley of Grace (2009)
  • Goodbye Sweetheart (2015)
  • Words for Lucy (2022)

Short story collections[edit]

  • The Living Hothouse (1988)
  • The Hanged Man in the Garden (1989)
  • The Worry Box (1993)
  • Collected Stories (1997)
  • Shooting the Fox (2011)


  • Eat My Words (1990)
  • Out of the Picture (1996) - collection
  • Cockles of the Heart (1996) - travel
  • Those Women Who Go To Hotels (1997) - autobiography, travel
  • The Taste of Memory (2004)

Contributed works[edit]

  • "Most mortal enemy", "Belladonna gardens", and "Perilous seas" published in Canberra Tales: Stories (1988). "Belladonna gardens" had previously been published in Meanjin, "Perilous seas" in Fiction '88, edited by Frank Moorhouse, ABC Publications.


  • The Gift of Story: Three Decades of UQP Short Stories (1998)
  • Storykeepers (2001)


  • The Midwife's Daughters (1997)

Critical studies and reviews of Halligan's work[edit]

  • Armstrong, Judith (June 2011). "Minds of others". Australian Book Review (332): 57. Review of Shooting the fox.


  1. ^ Australian Women Corporate Entry Seven Writers (1980-1998) Retrieved on 2007-09-05
  2. ^ "HALLIGAN, Marion Mildred - Member of the Order of Australia". Australian Government. Retrieved 6 September 2007.
  3. ^ "Pascall Prize for Critical Writing". Geraldine Pascall Foundation. Archived from the original on 21 July 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2008.
  4. ^ "ACT Book of the Year Winners". ACT Virtual Library. Archived from the original on 31 August 2007. Retrieved 3 September 2007.