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Author Spotlight: Paula Morris

By Elizabeth Jane Corbett On Saturday the 26thof October, after a Welcome to Country and other opening formalities, Dr Paula Morris (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whātua) will address the HNSA 2019 conference theme, History repeats: the power of remembrance in historical fiction.  Born in Auckland, to an English mother and a Kiwi father, Paula Morris’s career has

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Which panel will you choose? Crime or research?

You’ll be spoiled for choice with the HNSA Sydney 2019 program. Two parallel streams are running throughout the weekend. Stream 1 is jam packed with authors discussing their inspiration and journeys; the nooks and crannies of history; the psychology of characters, and even a love potion or two.  Stream 2 delves deeper into the craft

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Giveaway of Esther by Jennifer North

Here’s a treat for April. Our sponsor, Allen & Unwin, is offering a 3 book giveaway of Esther by Jennifer North, the story of Esther Abraham, a First Fleet convict who became the First Lady of the colony of Sydney. You can read a sample chapter here. Jessica North has been researching Esther’s story for

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HNSA Author Spotlight: Our Guest of Honour, Jackie French

By Elizabeth Jane Corbett Jackie French is no stranger to Australian readers. She has written over two hundred books, won sixty literary awards, served as the Australian Children’s Laureate, and been named Senior Australian of the year. When not writing, she plants trees and harvests their fruit, walks in the bush, tames and studies wombats,

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Australasian Historical Fiction State of Play

The HNSA is proud to be the third arm of the international Historical Novel Society which fosters the reading and writing of the genre with biennial conferences in the UK, US and Australasia. Recently, as HNSA’s program director, I had the honour of writing the feature article for the Historical Novels Review magazine on the

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In Conversation with Nicole Alexander: HNSA Sydney Satellite Event

The Historical Novel Society Australasia is proud to announce its first Sydney satellite event in the lead up to the 2019 HNSA Conference on 25-27 October. Please join us in conversation with bestselling author Nicole Alexander as she speaks to beloved children’s author Belinda Murrell, about researching and writing her new historical novel, Stone Country,

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Conference updates

What’s on offer at HNSA Sydney 2019

The HNSA committee is proud to bring you our 3rd biennial conference. We never thought we’d get this far. I hope fans of the genre, both readers and writers alike, will gather as a community again –this time at historic Parramatta. As program director, I thought I’d tell you what’s on offer at the conference

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