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Who We Are

The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) promotes the writing, reading and publication of historical fiction, especially in Australia and New Zealand. The HNSA was formally established in 2014. The society considers the historical fiction genre to be important to both the entertainment and education of readers as it contributes to the knowledge of the reader and provides a valid perspective beyond the viewpoint of the historian. Both the imagination and dedication of historical novelists present an authentic world which can enrich a reader’s understanding of real historical personages, eras and events. The HNSA conferences enable readers and writers to celebrate this genre and showcase the best of Australia and New Zealand’s literary talent.

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Who’s Who

HNSA is an incorporated association in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW). It is managed by a Committee elected by a small body of active members.

HNSA Patron

Dr Kate Forsyth, Award winning author, BA (Lit.), MA (Writing) , DCA (Fairy Tales)

2017 Melbourne Conference Patron

Sophie Masson, BA M.Litt, currently undertaking a PHD in Creative Practice

Award-winning author of more than 60 books, for children, young adults, and adults. Chair of the New England Writers’ Centre, Board member of the Australian Society of Authors and Small Press Network.

Executive Committee

Elisabeth Storrs (Chair, Program Director and Public Officer), BA (Lit) LLB, Retired FCIS, FCSA, MAICD

Elisabeth has a great love for the history, legends and myths of the ancient world. She is the award winning author of the Tales of Ancient Rome saga which has been endorsed by Ursula Le Guin, Kate Quinn, Ben Kane Helen Hollick and Sherry Jones. Over the years she has worked as a solicitor, corporate lawyer, corporate governance consultant and legal writer. She is the former Deputy Chair of the NSW Writers’ Centre and the co-founder of the HNSA.

Greg Johnston (Treasurer), B.Pharm, BA

Greg has written in one form or another most of his life. He has published three novels and is working on a novel set in the cane fields of Far North Queensland from the 1920s to 1940s. He works as a bookkeeper, so half the day is spent in the company of numbers and half in the company of letters.

Dr Kelly Gardiner, BA (Professional Writing and Literature, Deakin University), MA (Literature, Deakin), PhD (English, La Trobe)

Kelly Gardiner’s latest novel is Brimstone, the first in a children’s historical time slip series, Her previous novels include 1917: Australia’s Great War; the young adult novels Act of Faith and The Sultan’s Eyes, both of which were shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards; the Swashbuckler pirate trilogy; and Goddess, a novel for adults based on the life of Mademoiselle de Maupin.
She teaches creative and professional writing at La Trobe University. Kelly is also the co-host of Unladylike, a podcast about women and writing, and host of the HNSA podcast, Imagining the Past.

Committee members

Dr Diane Murray, Danks Design Group, MA (Writing), PhD (Creative Writing, Media and Communications) (Swinburne)

Diane is an interior architect and writer who designs offices by day but writes and reads Historical Fiction at night. Her recent novel, Printer’s Ink, the biography of Australian newspaper pioneer Marion Leathem and the accompanying exegesis, Unreal Truths: The Lies in Every Story investigate the impact of historical biography on the writer’s unconscious mind and the intriguing psychological transferences which occur between a writer and her subject. Printer’s Ink is due for publication in 2017. Previously a former Deputy Chair of the NSW Writer’s Centre, Diane has been on the executive committee of the HNSA since 2014. Diane was awarded her PhD in 2016.

Chris Foley Director, Foley Business Consulting, BA (Soc Sc), BA (Hons), Grad Dip Ed (Sec), MEd, MA, MIMS.

Chris’s career has charted a zig zag course from school teaching, to archivist and now IT Consultant. His varied writing projects have included mainstream academic history (Roman and Early Medieval Britain), and also science fiction stories inspired by historical events. Chris also manages www.historyclicking.com, a website and Facebook page dedicated to his varied historical interests.

Elizabeth Jane Corbett, BA (History, Politics, Adelaide University), GradDip (Information management, Monash University)

When Elizabeth Jane Corbett isn’t writing, she works as a librarian, teaches Welsh at the Melbourne Welsh Church, contributes occasional articles to the Historical Novel Review parallel.cymru and blogs at elizabethjanecorbett.com. In 2009, her short-story, Beyond the Blackout Curtain, won the Bristol Short Story Prize. Another, Silent Night, was short listed for the Allan Marshall Short Story Award. Her historical novel, The Tides Between, was named a CBCA Notable book in 2018. Elizabeth lives with her husband, in a renovated timber cottage in Melbourne’s inner-north. She likes red shoes, dark chocolate, commuter cycling, speaking Welsh, and reading quirky, character driven novels set once-upon-a-time in lands far away.

Dr Gabrielle Ryan (PhD, Creative Writing, Deakin University)

Gabrielle is a white writer and arts manager based in Melbourne. She has a PhD in Creative Writing, looking at the Gothic in historical fiction by Australian women writers, and is currently completing the novel that was the creative artefact of that PhD. She works as Events Manager at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas.

Historical Novel Society

HNS is an international membership organisation that was founded in 1997 to promote the excitement of historical novels through its print magazines, websites, social media and annual conferences. Membership of the HNS is open to everyone. Members receive the HNS magazine, event discounts and can be listed (if you wish) in the HNS members’ directory.

HNS delivers conferences on historical fiction held in alternate years in the US and UK. HNSA is affiliated with the HNS and has established a regional presence in the southern hemisphere through a “third” conference in addition to the HNS’s current UK and US events.

Visit the HNS website to join and find out more.

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85B Fullers Rd
Chatswood NSW 2067

ABN: 65 715 875 638


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