The Marble Bar

Talk-weary, smiled out.

A retreat to the Marble Bar.

Speak-easy and sombre warmth.

Thoughts adrift towards a new life

and one past

quiver over diffident possibilities and the rattle of bar talk

Rising, crackling, ebbing.

And here alone, as always.

         ~ Marianne de Pierres 2017


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With the support of Screen Queensland, I am developing a podcast series.

I Can’t Tell You Because… (then I’ll have to kill you)

Have you lived with a secret for so long that it’s changed the course of your life? I Can’t Tell You Because… is a podcast about people who share the stories of their double lives, or their long-held secrets, and explain how they managed and why they made the choices they did. Ordinary people, extraordinary tales.

Some of the stories I have collected so far involve stolen identities, dark sexual secrets, and dual lives.

This is not a podcast of sensationalised stories but an exploration into how we live our lives around and in spite of the things we can’t share with others

I’m looking for people who would be interested in sharing their secret stories in an interview with me. They would be assured of complete anonymity in the podcast production.

Please use my contact form to make initial contact. ONLY GENUINE STORIES please, no fiction.

Marianne de Pierres

Gunnas Sci Fi Writing Masterclass With Marianne de Pierres

Time: 10am-4pm
Venue: La Luna Bistro

Interested in writing science fiction, fantasy or speculative fiction? This is for you!

In this full day master class, Marianne de Pierres will address some of the key components of writing speculative fiction, including how to build convincing worlds, maintain narrative drive, and effectively blend sub-genres. A section of the workshop will also be spent on sharing current industry insight and the exploring the concept of creating adaptable content for New Media–how to survive in the brave new world of publishing.

Learning outcomes

  • Excellence in world-building
  • How to maintain narrative drive
  • How to successfully blend speculative fiction genres
  • How to create speculative fiction for the new world of publishing


Marianne de Pierres is the author of the popular PARRISH PLESSIS trilogy and the award-winning SENTIENTS OF ORION and PEACEMAKER series.

Marianne has also authored children’s and young adult stories, notably the Night Creatures trilogy a dark fantasy series for teens.

Marianne is an active supporter of genre fiction and has mentored many writers. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and a galah. Marianne also writes award-winning crime under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt.

Visit her websites at and

As with all Gunnas classes, a sumptuous gourmet morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is included.

Great food, awesome people, brilliant day. Full $290

Conc/student/artist/unemployed/anyone povo $250

Join the Facebook event here



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Peacemaker - Aurealis Award
Best Science Fiction Novel 2014

Curtin University Distinguished Alumni Award 2014

Transformation Space - Aurealis Award
 Best Science Fiction Novel 2010

Sharp Shooter - Davitt Award
Best Crime Novel 2009 (Sisters in Crime Australia) 





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