hnsa 2023 conference -that’s a wrap!

Two years in the planning. Two days of celebration! The HNSA Conference was a blast and a terrific time was had by all. We’re so glad our community could finally catch up again in person and the ether. We’re proud to have brought you a hybrid conference with all sessions livestreamed to an online audience. This meant we could include authors from around the globe as well as connect with attendees across geographical boundaries!

Many thanks to our wonderful team: Cecilia Rice, Elisabeth Storrs, Ginny Quirk, Greg Johnston, Chris Donoghue, Diane Murray (as pictured) and all our volunteers. It was such a pleasure to work with you.

Huge thanks also to all our stellar authors and interviewers. Thanks also to Diana and Duncan Johnston from Hill of Content Bookshop who did a roaring trade selling our authors’ books.

And finally, thanks to all who attended our 2023 HNSA Conference!


Enjoy catching up with what you missed at HNSA 2023! The recordings from HNSA 2023 are now ready. Online and In-Person registrants will have different access points:

  • Online registrants can view them via their existing ticket.
  • In-Person registrants will be sent a new ticket with an access link.

Detailed viewing guides will be sent to all attendees separately.

congratulations to our first page pitch contest winner -robyne young

Our signature TCW First Pages Pitch Contest was won this year by Robyne Young with an excerpt from her WIP, Moon Child. Congratulations! Robyne has been with HNSA from our first conference in 2015 so we’re delighted to see her succeed. Her prize consists of $250 from TCW and an associate membership of the ASA.

enjoy our gallery of memories from hnsa 2023!

Judy Nunn with Kim Kelly Suzanne Leal with Tom Keneally

Nicole Alexander, Victoria Purman, Greg Johnston with Kelly Rimmer on screen

Kate Evans interviews Anna Funder in Ubud, Bali.

Jock Serong and Stephen Romei with Fiona McFarlane on screen from California

Karen Wyld, Craig Cormick and Madison Shakespeare with Whiti Hereaka on screen from NZ

Our welcome speeches with Kate Forsyth, Elisabeth Storrs and Madison Shakespeare in Bidjigal Country

Felicity Pulman, Emma Harcourt, Lauren Chater and Sally Colin-James

Susanne Gervay, Alison Stegert, Suzanne Leal and Amelia Mellor

Kel Gardiner with Melissa Lucashenko

Belinda Alexandra, Alexander Joel and Christine Wells

Christopher Cheng, Claudia Chan Shaw, Daryl Lim and Siang Lu on screen from Brisbane

Roanna Gonsalves, Robyn Cadwallader, Greg Johnston with Rachel Bin Salleh on screen from WA

Mirandi Riwoe and Elisabeth Storrs with Devika Ponnambalam on screen from Edinburgh

Linda Funnell, Kate Forsyth and Katrina Nannestad

Amelia Mellor (Winner ARA Historical Novel Prize -CYA Category) with our sponsor Ed Federman, CEO of ARA Group

Suzanne Leal, Elisabeth Storrs and Kate Forsyth

Our dinner speaker – author Jock Serong, 2021 winner and 2023 shortlister for the ARA Historical Novel Prize – Adult category.

Roll on HNSA 2025!

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