Imagining the past Podcast: 2021 Series kicks off with Mirandi Riwoe

HNSA’s podcast Imagining the Past is back for another series in 2021. In our first episode for the year, Greg Johnston is joined by author and inaugural winner of the ARA Historical Fiction Prize 2020, Mirandi Riwoe.

Mirandi and Greg discuss everything from writing, research and gender-bending, right through to sea-cucumbers. 

Mirandi Riwoe’s Stone Sky Gold Mountain won the inaugural ARA Historical Novel Prize and the Queensland Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. Her novella The Fish Girl won Seizure’s Viva la Novella and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Her work has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Meanjin, Griffith Review and Best Summer Stories. Mirandi has a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studies (QUT). For further information: 

Mirandi Riwoe at HNSA’s 2021 Virtual Conference

Mirandi Riwoe will be appearing at HNSA’s 2021 Virtual Conference in October. Mirandi will join Roanna Gonsalves (Chair), Suzanne McCourt and Andrew Pippos on a panel to discuss Immigrant Stories: The Legacy of Forging New Lives.

Leaving one’s country of birth is a momentous and life changing decision. These challenging odysseys and new beginnings are of great interest to writers and readers. Join Roanna Gonsalves as she chats with Andrew Pippos, Mirandi Riwoe and Suzanne McCourt about their inspiration and reasons for writing novels examining the clash of cultures in an adopted homeland.

Research and Fieldwork Workshop with Mirandi Riwoe

Mirandi will also teach a Research and Fieldwork workshop at the HNSA’s 2021 Conference.

The thought of writing historical fiction can be daunting. Writers might have a great idea for a historical novel but find the necessary research and its interpretation into fiction a little overwhelming.

In this workshop, Mirandi Riwoe will discuss research methods and the writing processes involved in writing a historical novel. The workshop will include writing activities designed to help you get started or continue on with your own historical novel. Learn how to find resources, incorporate your research into a work of fiction (without lumping everything you uncover into your narrative), and how to choose between ‘accuracy’ and ‘authenticity’. The workshop will suit people who are at the beginning of their writing project or who are struggling to manage their research process and output.

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