HNSA Conference Speakers

HNSA Patron

Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the award-winning & internationally bestselling author of more than 20 books for both adults and children.

Beauty in Thorns, the extraordinary love story behind the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones's famous painting of 'Sleeping Beauty'. Other novels include The Beast’s Garden, a retelling of ‘Beauty & the Beast’ set in the underground resistance to Hitler in Nazi Germany; The Wild Girl, the story of the forbidden romance behind the Grimm brothers' fairy tales; and Bitter Greens, a retelling of 'Rapunzel' which won the 2015 American Library Association Award for Best Historical Fiction. Named one of Australia's Favourite 15 Novelists, Kate has a doctorate in fairy tale studies and is an accredited master storyteller.

2017 Conference Patron

Sophie Masson

Born in Indonesia of French parents and brought up in France and Australia, Sophie Masson is the award-winning and internationally-published author of over 60 books for children, young adults and adults. Her historical novel for children, The Hunt for Ned Kelly, won the Patricia Wrightson Prize in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards in 2011, while her alternative history novel for young adults, The Hand of Glory, won an Aurealis Award and her historical fantasy trilogy, Forest of Dreams, has been translated into several languages. Sophie's newest novel is Jack of Spades, a historical spy novel for young adults, coming out with Eagle Books in 2017. Sophie is also co-founder and director of small-press publishing house, Christmas Press, and serves on the Boards of the Australian Society of Authors, the Small Press Network and the New England Writers' Centre. Her website is at www.sophiemasson.org Blog: www.firebirdfeathers.com

Guest Author

Kerry Greenwood

Kerry Greenwood is the author of 59 novels and five non-fiction books. Born, raised and still living Footscray, Kerry is the creator of the fabulous 20-book Phryne Fisher mystery series, (Allen & Unwin); the Corinna Chapman crime series (A&U); and (with Clan Destine Press) the Delphic Women Trilogy: Medea, Cassandra and Electra; Out of the Black Land; Mytherotica and the two-volume Herotica.

Kerry holds both the Ned Kelly and Davitt Lifetime Achievement Awards for her crime fiction, and wants another lifetime. She is not married but lives with an accredited Wizard and three cats, Belladonna, Dougal and Shadow; and has no idea where she gets her ideas from.

Key Note Speakers

Lesley Williams

Lesley Williams is a respected Community elder, who grew up in Cherbourg (an Aboriginal Community) in Queensland during the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.

In 1964, after completing primary school she was forcibly sent out to work as a domestic servant under the Queensland Government Protection Act and consequently had her wages and savings controlled by the Government.

In 1991, through her research relating to the Wages and Savings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders that was held in Trust by the Queensland Government from 1890’s to the 1970’s (more commonly known as the “Stolen Wages”) which led her to campaign for 9 years with a small team of supporters for the return of their wages and savings.

Due to her experience and knowledge of having lived under the various Protection Acts which included The Aboriginals Preservation and Protection Act of 1939; The Aborigines’ and Torres Strait Islanders’ Affairs Act of 1965 and The Aborigines’ and Torres Strait Islanders’Affairs Act of 1965 to 1967. Lesley was employed in1999 as a special project officer in the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Partnership (DATSIP) to assist in the research and the reconstruction of the Queensland Aboriginal Account and the Aborigines Welfare Fund.

It was through her efforts that the Queensland Government in May 2002, made a “Reparations” offer of $55.4 million to all Indigenous workers who had their work and savings controlled from 1897 to 1970’s.

Her role also required her to travel throughout Queensland, including remote communities conducting information sessions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who had their wages and savings controlled. Lesley also assisted the elderly to fill in their application forms and providing updates on the process of their claims.

Lesley currently works as a Cultural Advisor in the Department of Communities Child Safety and Disabilities Services. She has been working in this role since November 200.

Between 2006 and 2011 worked part time with Professor John Mitchell of the La Trobe collecting DNA samples from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as part of the Genographic Project a worldwide program funded by the National Geographic Society to study how humans have populated the planet over the last 100,000 years.

In particular to establish that Indigenous Australians are one of the oldest living groups of people in the world.


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Alison Arnold

Josie Arnold

Melissa Ashley

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Jackie Ballantyne

Nicolas Brasch

Mandy Brett

Robyn Cadwallader

Lindy Cameron

Anna Campbell

Ella Carey

Deborah Challinor

Lisa Chaplin

Sherryl Clark

Gary Corby

Kay Crabbe

Gary Crew

Matt Curran

Hanifa Deen

Barbara Gaskell Denvil

Luke Devenish

Irina Dunn

Wendy J Dunn

Hazel Edwards

Christopher Foley

Clare Forster

Rachel Franks

Kelly Gardiner

Kathryn Gauci

Sulari Gentill

Robert Gott

Anne Gracie

Alison Green

Tim Griffiths

Pamela Hart

Cheryl Hayden

Libby Hathorn

Greg Johnston

Kim Kelly

Meg Keneally

Natasha Lester

Eleanor Limprecht

Juliet Marillier

Isolde Martyn

Elise Mc Cune

Kate Mildenhall

Diane Murray

Belinda Murrell

Rachel Nightingale

Julian Novitz

Wendy Orr

Catherine Padmore

Andrew Peters

Gillian Polack

Felicity Pulman

Greg Pyers

Christopher Raja

Paddy Richardson

Pamela Rushby

Justin Sheedy

Stephanie Smee

Elisabeth Storrs

Alison Stuart

Lucy Treloar

Alan Tucker

Ariella Van Luyn

Gabrielle Wang

Glenice Whitting

Arnold Zable

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