The MS 8460 collection comprises papers relating to Marion Halligan's prolific career as an author. There are drafts of her books, short stories and reviews and papers relating to her participation in numerous literary events. There is a large series of correspondence, the bulk of which is business related. Included is correspondence with literary agents Curtis Brown, numerous publishers regarding publication of Halligan's books, editors of journals and newspapers regarding publication of her short stories, reviews, essays and articles and with organisations regarding personal appearances. There is also correspondence with other authors, many of whom have become personal friends. Correspondents include Carmel Bird, Judith Brett, David Brookes, Manning Clark, Robert Dessaix, Geoffrey Dutton, Roseanne Fitzgibbons, Mem Fox, Susan Hawthorne, A.D. Hope, Nicholas Jose, Stephen Knight, Drusilla Modjeska, Douglas Muecke, Michael Symons, Brenda Niall, Ric Throssell, Nancy Sawer and Barbara Kerr Wilson (33 boxes, 1 fol. box).
The Acc04.092 instalment comprises correspondence, drafts, publishing material, printed material and other papers, including material relating to The living hothouse (1988), Eat my words (1990), Cockles of the heart (1996), Those women who go to hotels (1997), The gift of story (1998), Storykeepers (2001), The fog garden (2001), the Newcastle Regional Museum exhibition "How shall we live", 2003, and miscellaneous writings, together with papers relating to the Word Festival (6 boxes, 2 cartons, 4 small cartons).
Marion Mildred Halligan is a novelist, short story writer, reviewer and essayist. She has published books, novels and collections of her short stories. She has also had a number of her short stories and essays published in journals, periodicals and anthologies. She has been a prolific reviewer of books, with her reviews appearing in major Australian newspapers and journals. During the course of her career, Halligan has been a participant in numerous literary events both in Australia and overseas. In addition to this, she has been a committee member and Chair of the Australian National Word Festival and was Chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council in 1992-1995. Halligan has won numerous awards for her writing and received a number of fellowships from the Literature Board of the Australia Council. In 2006, Halligan was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to literature as an author.