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2021 ARA Historical Novel Prize Cocktail Party

22 October 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join our free virtual cocktail party to celebrate the announcement of the winners of the $100,000 2021 ARA Historical Novel Prize.

Presented by Julia Baird, the virtual Cocktail Party will include illustrated readings from the shortlisted books, and you’ll be able to hear from our judging panels, as well as the authors themselves.

While we can’t celebrate in-person, you can still enjoy your poison of your choice. HNSA has partnered with The Budgie Smuggler to bring cocktails direct to you!

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Due to COVID postal delays, The Budgie Smuggler recommends you place your orders by 30 September to ensure delivery at standard postal rates on or before 22 October 2021. HNSA takes no responsibility for untimely deliveries.

The Cocktail Party is completely free of charge, but you will need to register your attendance. Purchase of a weekend conference ticket is not a precondition to entry.



About the ARA Historical Novel Prize

The ARA Historical Novel Prize is the richest genre-based literary award in Australasia. The 2021 Prize incorporates a category for outstanding Children and Young Adult (CYA) literature, in addition to the Adult category. As such, in just its second year of operation, the ARA Historical Novel Prize is now worth a total of $100,000 in prize monies.

The Prize will award $50,000 to the Adult category winner, with an additional $5,000 to be awarded to each of the remaining two shortlisted authors. In the CYA category, the winner will receive $30,000, while the two short listers will receive $5,000 each.

About the ARA Group

The ARA Historical Novel Prize has been made possible through the generous patronage of the ARA Group. The ARA Group, and its Founder, Executive Chair and Managing Director Edward Federman, are committed to supporting the arts and literature.

ARA Group provides a comprehensive range of building services and products to major customers throughout Australia and New Zealand. Through its workplace giving program—The ARA Endowment Fund—the company plays a proud and positive role in the community.

The ARA Endowment Fund currently donates 100 per cent of the interest earned annually to The Go Foundation, The Indigenous Literacy Foundation, and The David Lynch Foundation. ARA Group has also sponsored the Historical Novel Society Australasia’s biennial conferences since 2017, is Principal Partner of Sydney Writers Festival, the Monkey Baa Theatre, the National Institute of Dramatic Art, and Presidential Partner of Taronga Zoo.

About Julia Baird (Presenter)

Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster and author based in Sydney, Australia. She hosts The Drum on ABCTV and writes columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and the International New York Times. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications including Newsweek, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Guardian, the Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Sun-Herald, The Monthly and Harper’s Bazaar. Her non-fiction works include a memoir, Phosphorescence: On Awe, Wonder And Things That Sustain You When The World Goes Dark, and a biography, Victoria: The Queen.

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