Relative States

Perhaps because talent runs in families, perhaps because we learn by example, perhaps because opposites don’t always attract in romance – there are often two people from the same household pursuing the same profession.

Sometimes these relationships are destructive (think of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes); sometimes they’re complicated (the AFL’s Ablett family). Sometimes they even appear to be  functional and mutually enriching (former ALP leader Kim Beazley was inspired by his father’s example to go into politics).

In our Relative States series, we’ll speak to high-profile pairs – some couples, some kin – about the intersection of their creative and professional worlds.