Historical Novel Society Australasia 2021 Virtual Conference
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Keynote Speech: Recovery – Restoring, Reconciling and Re-imagining Lost Histories
23 October 2021 | 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Julie Janson, author of Benevolence, addresses our conference theme by examining the role and responsibility of historical novelists in recovering lost, overlooked or deliberately erased histories, and whether the genre can play a part in achieving truth in reconciliation.
Julie Janson is a Burruberongal woman of Darug nation. She is a novelist, playwright, and poet. Her most recent novel, “Benevolence”, was published by Magabala 2020, and will be published by Harper Collins in the USA and UK. While living in remote Northern Territory Aboriginal communities in her early years as a teacher, she began writing Indigenous plays and making giant puppets, masks and costumes. Her career as a playwright includes productions at Belvoir St Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre and Sydney Opera House. She was co-recipient of the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry Prize in 2016; and the winner of the Judith Wright Poetry Prize 2019. For further information: