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HNSA’S IMAGINING THE PAST PODCAST INTERVIEWS Susanne Gervay

HNSA’s podcast Imagining the Past is back for another series in 2021. In this week’s episode, G.S. Johnston is joined by CYA author Susanne Gervay. Susanne discuss her new time-slip novel, Heroes of the Secret Underground, migration, sculpting stories from WWII for CYA, and Pálinka. Awarded the Lifetime Social Justice Literature Award by the International Literacy Association, Order of Australia,

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HNSA’S IMAGINING THE PAST PODCAST INTERVIEWS Julie Janson

HNSA’s podcast Imagining the Past is back for another series in 2021. In this week’s episode, G.S. Johnston is joined by Julie Janson. Julie discusses her recent novel, Benevolence, the challenges of writing First Nation’s historical fiction, and of First Nation’s writers finding publishers.  Julie is a Burruberongal woman of Darug nation. She is a novelist, playwright, and poet.

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HNSA’S IMAGINING THE PAST PODCAST INTERVIEWS SIENNA BROWN

HNSA’s podcast Imagining the Past is back for another series in 2021. In this week’s episode, G.S. Johnston is joined by Sienna Brown to chat writing, multifaceted research, constructing Jamaican patois, and her novel, Master of My Fate. Sienna Brown was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and grew up in Canada. But it wasn’t until a

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Imagining the past Podcast: 2021 Series kicks off with Mirandi Riwoe

HNSA’s podcast Imagining the Past is back for another series in 2021. In our first episode for the year, Greg Johnston is joined by author and inaugural winner of the ARA Historical Fiction Prize 2020, Mirandi Riwoe. Mirandi and Greg discuss everything from writing, research and gender-bending, right through to sea-cucumbers.  Mirandi Riwoe’s Stone Sky Gold Mountain won the

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Imagining the Past: Episode 14: A French Affair: In Conversation with Kate Forsyth and Natasha Lester

The allure of France has often inspired historical novelists to conjure the romance and tumult of its history. Kate Forsyth’s novel, The Blue Rose, transports the reader to the perils of the French Revolution and the exotic world of Imperial China. Natasha Lester’s The French Photographer deals with more recent history of World War II France and America. In this

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Imagining the Past: Episode 13: The Things We Don’t Know: Research Challenges Across Eras

What are the challenges faced in researching pre-history when there are no written records? How do you approach interpreting Middle Age chronicles? Or choose between a plethora of conflicting primary sources when delving into modern history? In this week’s episode of the Imagining the Past podcast, Isolde Martyn investigates the research challenges faced by Ilka Tampke, Gillian Polack and Pamela Hart when

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Imagining the Past Podcast: Episode 10: Walking Side by Side: Collaboration Between Historical Novelist and Historian

This week’s episode of the Imagining the Past podcast was recorded during the 2019 HNSA conference in Parramatta, which was the second penal settlement established in Australia. When Thomas and Meg Keneally decided to set their Monsarratt detective series in Paramatta, Meg sought the assistance of local historian, Gay Hendrikson, to dig into the township’s history.  Gillian Polack learns

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Imagining the Past Podcast: Episode 9: Survival of the Fittest: Challenging Interior and Exterior Landscapes

A stark Australian landscape is both menacing and beautiful in Rachel Leary’s Bridget Crack with a protagonist who must overcome physical and psychological threats. David Whish-Wilson’s  The Coves explores the brutality of Australian renegades in the unlawful streets of 19th century San Francisco while Stephanie Parkyn’s Into the World forces her heroine to face ocean hazards while striving to protect a dangerous personal secret. In

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