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Linda Funnell in conversation with Kate Forsyth and Katrina Nannestad

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Katrina Nannestad has tackled the challenges of writing WW2 fiction for children and young adults. Kate Forsyth’s most recent book, The Crimson Thread, is set in WW2 Crete. Linda Funnell will explore the depth of research necessary to present an authentic world to their readers. How did these authors approach writing about a gruelling period of history for their different audiences?

About Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel aged seven, and has sold more than a million copies since. Her novels include The Blue Rose, a story of impossible love set in Revolutionary France and Imperial China; Beauty in Thorns, a reimagining of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ set amongst the passions and scandals of the Pre-Raphaelites; Bitter Greens, a reimagining of ‘Rapunzel’ which won the 2015 ALA Award for Best Historical Fiction; and The Wild Girl, the story of the forbidden romance behind the Grimm brothers’ famous fairy tales. Kate has published two novels set in the unforgettable period of WW2, The Crimson Thread and The Beast’s Garden. Kate also has a doctorate in fairy tale studies and is an accredited master storyteller. Kate is the HNSAustralasia Patron.

About Katrina Nannestad

Katrina Nannestad is an multi award-winning children’s author who writes historical fiction, mystery, action and humour. She celebrates family, friendship and belonging in her writing and loves to create stories that bring hope and joy to others. Katrina’s books include Waiting for the Storks, Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief, (Winner of 2022 ARA Historical Novel Prize) We Are Wolves (Winner of 2021 ARA Historical Novel Prize) and The Girl Who Brought Mischief. Her series include The Travelling Bookshop, The Girl, the Dog and the Writer, Lottie Perkins, Olive of Groves, and Red Dirt Diaries.

About Linda Funnell

Linda Funnell has worked as a publisher and editor for more than three decades and has taught courses in publishing, editing and writing for UTS, the ASA and Writing NSW. Over the course of her career, which included 10 years as publisher at HarperCollins, Linda has worked with historical novelists including Colleen McCullough, Belinda Alexandra, Steven Carroll, Karen Brooks, Robbi Neal, Diane Armstrong and Geraldine Brooks. In 2020 she was chair of the judging panel for the inaugural ARA Historical Novel Prize. Linda currently works as a freelance editor, and runs the free online review the Newtown Review of Books.

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