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Bipartisan - Marion Halligan & John Stokes

Our Bipartisan series places a gentle spotlight on how couples, friends and partners nourish both their creativity and their relationship. 

Join novelist Marion Halligan and poet John Stokes as they reveal how work, creative output, family, politics and friendship work for them. 

Interviewer Irma Gold will be delving into how being married to another creative soul helps or hinders one’s work, how the literary world has changed over Marion and John's lifetimes, what being stalwarts of the Canberra literary scene really means, and how much their personal reading overlaps. Plus there’s sure to be mention of cute grandchildren.

John Stokes is known internationally as one of Australia's most innovative poets. He is currently engaged in a passionate crusade to bring back plain-speaking in modern poetry. He has been described by Kate Llewellyn as 'a poet of light and water and the sound of women's cries’. 

Marion Halligan AM is a much revered, Canberra-based author, with countless awards under her belt for books such as The Fog GardenThe Taste of Memory; her latest novel is Goodbye Sweetheart.

Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)


Irma Gold is an award-winning writer and editor. Her short fiction has been widely published, and her collection, Two Steps Forward, was shortlisted for or won a number of awards. Irma is also the author of three children’s picture books, with a fourth on the way.