HNSA 2019 Program Changes

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley’ – Robert Burns ‘To a Mouse’

The HNSA 2019 program features over 60 speakers in 25 sessions across 2 days. As program director, I was pleased that all the moving parts fell into place in March. However, some of our authors have needed to withdraw for various reasons so I thought I’d introduce you to our fabulous replacements.

Malla Nunn, David Whish-Wilson,
Juliet Marillier & Roanna Gonsalves

Malla Nunn will step into the shoes of Robert Gott in History and Mystery: truth and lies in detective fiction on Sunday 27th October at 9 am in Stream 2.

David Whish-Wilson will join our Survival of the Fittest: challenging interior and exterior landscapes to replace Jock Serong on Sunday 27th October at 1.50 pm in Stream 1.

Juliet Marillier will take over the reins from Lauren Chater in The Feminine Mystique: Writing strong female protagonists on Sunday 27th October at 1.50 pm in Stream 2.

Malla Nunn also will be kept busy appearing in The Silver Screen: historical fiction scriptwriting instead of Luke Devenish on Sunday 27th October at 2.40 pm in Stream 2. Jesse Blackadder will also join this panel to share her insights with Kelly Gardiner now acting as chair.

We’re also pleased to welcome Roanna Gonsalves who will be replacing Robert Gott as chair on The Versatile Writer: In conversation with Sophie Masson and Kelly Gardiner on Saturday 26th October at 11.30 am in Stream 1.

Full details of all our program is set out on our HNSA conference page.

Meg Keneally

Meg Keneally has kindly agreed to conduct the Writing Crime Fiction Workshop on Friday 25th October at 11.30 am in place of Robert Gott. This workshop and the other 8 tutorials are filling fast so don’t dally in booking your place.

Details of all our workshops are set out in our Craft and Publishing Program.

Early Bird Registration closes on 31 July! Buy your tickets here.

Elisabeth Storrs is the author of the award winning Tales of Ancient Rome saga, and the co-founder and program director of the HNSA. She’ll be conjuring spells with Kate Forsyth and Kim Wilkins at HNSA 2019 in Love Potions & Witchcraft.

Once again, historical fiction writers and readers can gather for a three stream program on the weekend of 26-27 October including our extended Academic stream on Sunday 27 October. This time there’s also a Craft & Publishing program on Friday 25 October with craft workshops, masterclasses and manuscript assessments with top class tutors. Our Guest of Honour is Jackie French. Keynote speaker Paula Morris will address our theme: History Repeats.

Among the 60 acclaimed speakers are patrons Kate Forsyth and Sophie Masson, Catherine Jinks, Ali Alizadeh, Lucy Treloar, Pamela Hart, Nicole Alexander, Jane Caro, Alison Goodman, Kelly Gardiner, Michelle Aung Thin, Meg Keneally, Majella Cullinane and so many more.

Enjoy a delicious meal at our conference dinner on Saturday 26 October where Anna Campbell will entertain us. You’ll also hear who’s won this year’s ARA HNSA Short Story Contest with a $500 prize, and the HNSA Colleen McCullough Residency.

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