Marion Halligan (1940- ) was born in Newcastle, NSW, and grew up by the sea. She was educated at Newcastle Girls' High School and Newcastle University. She now lives in Canberra.
Marion Halligan has published more than 12 novels and 70 short stories in journals and magazines, and has been widely represented in anthologies. She has reviewed for most major Australian media, and also writes essays and newspaper articles.
In 1990 she won the inaugural Geraldine Pascall Prize for critical writing. She 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.
In 1991 Marion spent six months in the Literature Board's Keesing Studio in Paris. She represented Australian writing at the European Association of Studies on Australia Conference in Klagenfurt, Austria. Recently she finished a 3 year position as Chairperson of the Literature Board (now Literature Fund) of the Australia Council.
She was made a Member in the Order of Australia (AM), General Division, in 2006 for services to literature and for her work in promoting Australian literature.