MS 8460
Guide to the Papers of Marion Halligan



Summary

Creator: Halligan, Marion (1940-)

Title: Papers of Marion Halligan

Date range: c1970-1999

Reference number: MS 8460

Extent: 4.62m (33 boxes ) + 1 folio box


Administrative Information

Access

Restricted until Halligan's death

Provenance

The papers have been acquired from Marion Halligan under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme (later the Cultural Gifts Program) in instalments received in 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998 and 1999.


Scope and Content

The collection comprises papers relating to Halligan's prolific career as a writer. 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, mostly relating to literary and publicity matters. 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.

Arrangement

The papers have been arranged into series by the Library. Because the papers have been acquired in a number of instalments, the order of the series and the order of papers within a particular series may not necessarily be chronological or logical.

Related Material

An interview with Marion Halligan by Heather Rusden on 17 January 1995 is held in the Oral History Section of the Library at ORAL TRC 3193.


Biographical Note

Marion Halligan is a novelist, short story writer, reviewer and essayist. Born Marion Crothall in Newcastle, New South Wales, in 1940, she was educated at Newcastle Girl’s High School and Newcastle University. In 1963, she married Graham Halligan; they had two children. Before becoming a full-time writer, Halligan worked as a part-time teacher and freelance journalist.

Halligan 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 received a number of fellowships from the Literature Board of the Australia Council and in 1994 she won the Newton John Award, given to a graduate of Newcastle University for creative and innovative work.

Halligan has won numerous awards for her writing. She has received the Age Book of the Year Award, the ACT Book of the Year Award, the Nita B. Kibble Award, the Steele Rudd Award, the Braille Book of the Year Award, the 3M Talking Book of the Year Award, and the Geraldine Pascall prize for critical writing. She has been shortlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Prize, the Miles Franklin Award and the Nita B. Kibble Award and The Fog Garden was shortlisted in the Queensland Premier's Literary Award.

Halligan's published works include:

Self possession, Brisbane, University of Queensland Press, 1987

The living hothouse, Brisbane, University of Queensland Press, 1988

The hanged man in the garden, Melbourne, Penguin, 1989

Spider cup, Melbourne, Penguin Books, 1990

Eat my words, Sydney Angus & Robertson, 1990

Lovers' knots : a hundred-year novel, Melbourne, Heinemann, 1992

The worry box, Melbourne, Minerva, 1993

Wishbone, Melbourne, William Heinemann Australia, 1994

Out of the picture, Canberra, National Library of Australia, 1996

Cockles of the heart, Melbourne, Minerva, 1996

The midwife's daughters, story by Marion Halligan, pictures by David Mackintosh, Melbourne, Mammoth, 1997

Collected stories, Brisbane, University of Queensland Press, 1997

The golden dress, Melbourne, Viking, 1998

The fog garden : a novel, Sydney, Allen and Unwin, 2001

References

Allen & Unwin website.

Biographical note produced by Penguin Books for publicity purposes, 1998


Series List

Series Title

1 Spider cup, 1989-1991

2 The living hothouse, c1988

3 The hanged man in the garden, c1989

4 Short stories

5 Correspondence, 1980-1997

6 Lovers’ knots, 1988-1993

7 Eat my words, 1989-1994

8 The worry box, 1992

9 Wishbone, 1994

10 Out of the picture, 1992-1995

11 Collected stories, 1997

12 The golden dress, 1996-1999

13 Reviews written by Halligan, c1970-1999

14 Other writings, c1984-1998

15 Literary events, 1988-1998

16 Sundry papers, 1991


Series Description

Series 1 Spider cup, 1989-1991

Halligan’s novel, Spider cup, was published by Penguin, Melbourne in 1990. Papers in this series include correspondence, edited drafts and a copy of the original edition, which contained major printing errors on pages 95 and 101, and was subsequently withdrawn from circulation and replaced with a corrected edition.

Folder/packet

1 Correspondence, 1989-1991

2-3 Notes and manuscript drafts

4-9 Edited typescripts

10 Copy of the original edition

11 Early typescript of the complete book

Series 2 The living hothouse

A book of short stories, The living hothouse was published by University of Queensland Press in 1988. This series comprises manuscript and typescript drafts and edited typescript and proofs of the complete book. Some of the stories had been published prior to inclusion in the book, and photocopies of the published version are included with the relevant chapter.

The living hothouse won the Steele Rudd Award and the Braille Book of the Year Award.

Folder

1-25 Draft manuscript and typescript of chapters 1-21

26 Typescript of the entire book, with the working title ‘The star crossed lover’s game’

27 Typescript of The living hothouse, in which the chapter arrangement differs to the published version of the book

28 Edited proofs

29 Comment sheets completed by readers when the book was short listed for the Braille Book of the Year Award, 1989

Series 3 The hanged man in the garden

This series comprises papers relating to Halligan’s book of short stories entitled The hanged man in the garden, which was published by Penguin, Melbourne in 1989. Included are manuscript and typescript drafts and edited typescript of the complete book. Some of the stories had been published prior to inclusion in the book, and photocopies of the published version are included with the relevant chapter.

Folder

1-19 Draft manuscript and typescript of each chapter of the book

20 Typescript of the complete book

Folder

21 Photocopy of edited typescript

22-23 Edited typescript of complete book

Series 4 Short stories

Halligan has been a prolific writer of short stories, since having her first published in the Australia Women’s Weekly in 1969. As well as having published collections of her stories, she has contributed to anthologies, journals and magazines. Included in this series are manuscript and typescript of drafts of some of the stories.

Folder

1-3 A number of short stories, some of which were used in The living hothouse and The hanged man in the garden. The stories have been grouped by Halligan into the following subject headings: French stories, Educations, Marriage and Scenes of a capital life

4 Typescripts of:

‘Multitudinous teas incarnadine’

‘Induction’

‘Salut Dr Appleton’

‘Blood will out’

5 Typescript of ‘The power of words’

6 ‘Marigold’: notes, manuscript and typescript of a story included in Toads: Australian writers: other work, other lives, edited by Andrew Sant and published by Allen & Unwin, 1992

‘Salix Babylonica’: correspondence, manuscript and typescript of a story, which was published firstly in Millenium and later in Halligan's Collected stories

7 Typescript of ‘Star crossed lover’s game’ and manuscript of ‘Coming to terms’, the latter of which was included in Women/love/sex, edited by Susan Johnson and published by Vintage in 1996

Manuscript of ‘My father’s daughter’, which was included in Daughters and fathers, published by University of Queensland Press, 1997

8 Correspondence, manuscripts and typescripts of stories written in response to requests by Stephen Knight for contributions to More crimes for a summer Christmas (Allen and Unwin, 1991), A corpse at the Opera House (Allen and Unwin, 1992) and Murder at home (Allen and Unwin, 1993)

9-11 Correspondence, notes, manuscript and typescript of ‘Perilous seas’ and ‘Most mortal enemy’, contributions to Canberra Tales (Penguin, 1988). Halligan was a finalist in the ABC Bicentennial Literary Awards, 1988, with ‘Perilous seas’. Also included are letters from literary agent Rosemary Creswell regarding the signing of a contract for a proposed book by the Canberra-based group of women authors, Seven Writers. They published a book of short stories, Canberra Tales, in 1988.

12 Notes, manuscript and typescript of ‘Cazneaux room’

Folder

13 Typescript of ‘The potter’, Halligan's first published short story, which appeared in the Australian Women’s Weekly, 1969

Manuscript of ‘The people on the pass’

Manuscript of ‘I love you’

Notes and manuscript of ‘Here be dragons’

14 Notes and typescript of ‘Melancholy’, 1994

Folio 1 Copy of the Australian Women’s Weekly, 1969, containing Halligan's first published short story entitled ‘The potter’

Series 5 Correspondence, 1980-1997

The bulk of this series comprises business correspondence. 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. Halligan was one of a group of seven Canberra-based women authors, Seven Writers, and there are letters from the other members of the group who were Margaret Barbalet, Sara Dowse, Suzanne Edgar, Marian Eldridge, Dorothy Horsfield and Dorothy Johnston.

Personal 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. Organisational correspondents include Allen and Unwin, The Australia Council, Australian Book Review, The Canberra Times, Curtis Brown, Descant, Imprint, Island, Meanjin, McPhee Gribble, Overland, Penguin Books, Quadrant, Random House, Southerly, University of Queensland Press and Westerly.

Halligan has grouped the letters of some individuals and some organisations into separate files. Other correspondence she has grouped chronologically by year. This arrangement has been retained. However, often letters of the individuals and organisations listed separately are also included in the chronologically arranged correspondence.

Folder

1 Correspondence with University of Queensland Press, 1981-1988

2 Correspondence with University of Queensland Press relating to The living hothouse and Self possession, 1985-1989

3 General correspondence, 1986-1991

4 Correspondence with Meanjin, 1981-1995

5 Correspondence with Island and Imprint, 1982-1994

6 Correspondence with Penguin Books, 1989-1995

7 Letters of Michael Symons, 1984-1995

Letters of Geoffrey Dutton, 1980-1992

8 Letters of Doug Muecke, 1980-1985

Folder

9 Letters from members of Seven Writers, 1988-1997

10 Correspondence with Rosanne Fitzgibbons, University of Queensland Press, 1983-1997

11 General correspondence, 1981-1982

12 General correspondence, 1983-1984

13 General correspondence, 1985-1987

14 General correspondence, 1988

15 General correspondence, 1989

16 General correspondence, 1990

17 General correspondence, 1991

18 General correspondence, 1992

19 General correspondence, 1993

20 General correspondence, 1994

21 General correspondence, 1995

22 General correspondence, 1996

23 General correspondence, 1997

Series 6 Lovers' knots, 1988-1993

The series contains manuscripts, typescripts and galley proofs of Halligan's novel, Lovers’ knots, together with notes, reviews, publicity material and correspondence. Most of the correspondence is with staff of publishers William Heinemann Australia, especially Louise Adler and Judy Brookes. Note: the working title for this novel was ‘The tin mission’.

Lovers’ knots won the Age Book of the Year Award (1992), the ACT Book of the Year Award (1993), the 3M Talking Book of the Year Award and the inaugural Nita B. Kibble Award.

Folder/packet

1-4 Manuscript

5-14 Typescript

15 Edited galley proofs

16 Synopses

17 Correspondence, 1988-1993

18 Reviews and publicity, 1992-19993

19-22 Miscellaneous drafts and notes

23 Publications on Newcastle

24-25 Edited typescript

26 Page proofs

27 Correspondence and notes, 1991-1992

Series 7 Eat my words, 1989-1994

Halligan's book of essays on culinary themes, Eat my words, was published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney in 1990. This small series contains correspondence with literary agents Curtis Brown and publishers Collins, Angus & Robertson.

1 folder

Series 8 The worry box, 1992

In this series are papers relating to Halligan's book of short stories entitled The worry box, which was published by Minerva, Melbourne in 1993. Included are manuscript and typescript drafts and author’s proofs.

Folder/packet

1 Manuscript and typescript drafts of ‘Salut Dr Appleton’/ ‘Vale Prof Appleton’, one of the stories in the collection

2-4 Manuscript and typescript drafts

5 Edited typescript of complete book

6 Author’s proofs, 1992

Series 9 Wishbone, 1994

Halligan's novel, Wishbone, was published by William Heinemann Australia, Melbourne in 1994. This series comprises correspondence relating to the publication of the book.

1 folder

Series 10 Out of the picture, 1992-1995

Contained in this series is correspondence, research notes and early drafts relating to Halligan's book of short stories entitled Out of the picture, which was commissioned by the National Library of Australia in 1995. Halligan selected a range of images from the Library’s Pictorial Collection and built a story around each image. The book was published by the National Library in 1996.

Folder

1 Research notes and correspondence with the National Library, 1992-1995

2 Early drafts

Series 11 Collected stories, 1997

This series comprises manuscript and typescript drafts of Halligan's book of short stories entitled Collected stories, which was published by University of Queensland

Press, Brisbane in 1997. Some of the stories were previously published in her books The living hothouse and The hanged man in the garden.

3 folders

Series 12 The golden dress, 1996-1999

Halligan's novel, The golden dress, was published by Viking, Melbourne in 1998. This series comprises correspondence, mostly relating to publication of the novel, research notes and edited drafts. Note: the working title for this novel was ‘Shagreen’.

Folder/packet

1 Correspondence, 1997-1999

2 Research notes, 1996

3-4 Manuscript drafts

5-6 Typescript drafts, 1996

7-9 Edited typescript of complete book

10 Edited page proofs, 1997

11 Typescript of ‘Gift wrapping’, which relates to one of the sections in the book

12 Copy edited typescript, returned by Penguin, 1999

Series 13 Reviews by Halligan, c1970-1997

Halligan has been a prolific reviewer of books, having been published in most major Australian media. In 1990, she won the inaugural Geraldine Pascall Prize for critical writing. Included in this series are copies of reviews written for various publications including The Age, The Australian, Australian Book Review, Australian Broadcasting Coroporation, The Canberra Times, Fremantle Arts Review, Imprint, Muse and The Women’s Press. Halligan has grouped some of the reviews according to the publication in which they appeared and this arrangement has been retained.

Folder

1-4 Manuscript and typescript of miscellaneous reviews

5 Typescript of miscellaneous reviews, c1970

6 Typescript of miscellaneous reviews, 1993-1997

7-8 Reviews for The Age, 1992-1997

9 Reviews for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1986-1997

10 Reviews for The Australian, 1988-1996

11 Reviews for Australian Book Review, 1990-1996

12 Reviews for Fremantle Arts Review, 1989-1990

Reviews for Muse, 1989

13 Typescript of miscellaneous reviews

Series 14 Other writings, c1984-1999

In addition to novels, short stories and reviews, Halligan has contributed essays and articles on a diverse range of topics to journals and newspapers, given talks at functions, and contributed written pieces relating to life in the 1970s for an exhibition by the Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG). Halligan also worked on the creation of a group-devised play with the Canberra Youth Theatre, developing a script from their improvisations. The resulting play, Elastics, was performed by the group in 1987.

Folder

1 Essays for The Age, 1992-1996

2-3 Miscellaneous essays and articles, 1989-1995

4 Text of talks given, c1984, 1993-1994

5 Notes, manuscript and typescript of Elastics, 1987

6 Correspondence and typescript of contributions to CMAG exhibition, 1999

Series 15 Literary events, 1988-1998

During the course of her career, Halligan has been a participant in a number of literary events including word festivals, conferences and seminars. She has been a committee member and Chair of the Australian National Word Festival, a biennial event held in Canberra and has accepted invitations from academic institutions to visit as Writer-in Residence.

This series contains correspondence, publicity material and programs for specific events with which Halligan has been involved. Also included is correspondence, minutes and papers relating to the development of the program for the 1991 Australian National Word Festival, of which Halligan was Chair.

Folder

1 Australian National Word Festival: minutes, 1989-1991

2 Australian National Word Festival: general correspondence, 1989-1991

3-4 Australian National Word Festival: notes and correspondence relating to the development of the 1991 festival program

5 Papers relating to visits as Writer-in residence:

Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, 1990

Monash University, Melbourne, 1991

La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus, 1991

6 Warana Writers’ Week, 1989, 1992

7 Melbourne Writers’ Festival, 1990-1998

8 Women Writers’ Workshop, London, 1993

9-10 Papers relating to the following literary events:

Spoloto Melbourne Writers’ Festival, 1988-1990

Newcastle Writers’ Festival, 1990

Fremantle Arts Centre, Weekend Writers’ Seminar, Perth, 1992

Tasmanian Writers’ Union, Salamanca Writers’ Weekend Festival, 1993

NSW Writers’ Centre, Spring Writing Weekend, Sydney, 1994

Adelaide Writers’ Festival, 1996

Australian Food and Wine Writers’ Festival, Adelaide, 1997

Down South Writers’ Festival, Busselton, 1998

11 EASA conference, Klagenfurt, Austria, 1996-1997

Series 16 Sundry papers, 1991

This series contains notes and the typescript of an interview with Halligan, which was included in Paul Kavanagh’s book Conversations: interviews with Australian writers, published by Angus & Robertson, Sydney in 1991

1 folder


Box List

PLEASE NOTE: Because the collection has been received in a number of instalments, material relating to a specific series may be located in several boxes.

Series

Folder/Packet

Box

1

1-5

1

1

6-10

2

1

11

14

2

1-9

3

2

10-17

4

2

18-25

5

2

26-28

6

2

29

14

3

1-3

6

3

4-11

7

3

12-19

8

3

20-24

9

4

1-5

10

4

6-8

14

4

9-14

15

4

Folio 1

Folio Box 1

5

1-3

10

5

4-5

15

5

6-12

16

5

13-19

17

5

20-23

18

6

1-9

11

6

10-15

12

6

16-23

13

6

24

18

6

25-27

19

7

1

19

8

1-2

19

8

3-6

20

9

1

20

10

1-2

20

11

1-3

21

12

1-3

21

12

4-8

22

12

9-12

23

13

1-5

24

13

6-10

25

13

11-13

26

14

1

26

14

2-6

27

15

1

27

15

2-7

28

15

8-11

29

16

1

29


List of additions

Date Series/folder numbers

1991 Series 1/1-10

1992 Series 2/1-28

Series 3/1-23

Series 4/1 4

Series 5/1-3

1994 Series 6/1-23

30 June 1998 Series 4/5-12

Series 5/4-5

Series 7/1

Series 8/1-4

Series 11/1-3

Series 13/1-11

Series 14/1-5

Series 16/1

28 June 1999 Series 1/11

Series 4/13-14

Series 5/6

Series 6/24-27

Series 8/5-6

Series 10/1-2

Series 12/1-10

Series 13/12-13

Series 15/1-11

Series 14/6

14 July 1999 Series 5/7-23

Series 9/1

Series 12/11-12


1992. Last updated June 2002.