imagining the past latest podcast

Our latest catch up podcast from selected sessions of the 2021 HNSA Conference features our 2023 Winter Online Program tutor, Paula Morris, in conversation with Julie Janson and Cassandra Pybus. They discuss how history is written by the victors, but when such accounts are challenged, who then gets to define history in the context of a shared past?  

Rosalie Ham is a Melbourne writer and retired Literature teacher. She is best known for her first novel, which was adapted to film in 2015 and starred Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving and Liam Hemsworth. The novel, The Dressmaker follows the film across the world and has now been published in 16 countries. Rosalie’s other novels are Summer at Mount Hope, There Should be More Dancing and Year of the Farmer. Rosalie’s fifth novel, The Dressmaker’s Secret, a sequel to The Dressmaker, was published October, 2020.

Cassandra Pybus is an historian and creative non fiction writer, and author of 12 books.

Paula Morris (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whatua) is the author of the story collection Forbidden Cities (2008); the long-form essay On Coming Home (2015); and eight novels, including Rangatira (2011), winner of best work of fiction at both the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards and Ngā Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards. Her most recent book is False River (2017), a collection of stories and essays around the subject of secret histories. She teaches creative writing at the University of Auckland, sits on the Māori Literature Trust, Mātātuhi Foundation, and New Zealand Book Awards Trust, and is the founder of the Academy of New Zealand Literature. Appointed an MZNM in the 2019 New Year Honours, she currently holds the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship.

Paula will be conducting our Writing Family History workshop in our 2023 Winter Online Program. Tickets now on sale.


Our 2023 HNSA Conference will be held on 21-22 October 2023 at the Southern Sydney Event Centre at Hurstville, conveniently located close to Sydney Airport and Hurstville Station. Early bird tickets will go on sale in July.

Guests of Honour are Melissa Lucashenko, Anna Funder, Thomas Keneally and Judy Nunn.

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