Official HNSA Media page

In the News

Kate Crawford, Mosman Daily, March 24, 2017, Writers of historical fiction gather at Barry O’Keefe Library in Mosman ahead of national conference.
Available at:

The History Girl Blog: Gillian Polack interviews Elisabeth Storrs on the HNSA 2017 Conference programme.
Available at:

Feathers of the Firebird Blog: Looking forward to the HNSA Conference – Interview with Elisabeth Storrs.
Available at:

RSS HNSA Podcast


  • Australia's Gold Rush and Colonial Architecture by Michael Beashel November 13, 2017
    Our guest author today is Michael Beashel. Michael is Sydney-born and his Irish forebears immigrated to New South Wales in 1863 and settled in Millers Point. He spent his youth in Bondi, is married with adult children and lives in Sydney’s inner-west. Michael was head of Asset Development for a global accommodation services company registered […]
  • Gillian Pollack's wrap up of her HNSA Conference masterclasses September 24, 2017
    Dr Gillian Polack is a Medieval historian and has PhDs in both History and Creative Writing. She researches how history and fiction interface and has a strong interest in how genre narratives operate. She has also been a reviewer, critic and non-fiction writer and an award judge. Gillian's latest novel is The Wizardry of Jewish […]
  • 2017 HNSA MELBOURNE CONFERENCE September 24, 2017
    Join our celebration!On the weekend of 8th – 10th September 2017, the Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) is holding its Melbourne conference at Swinburne University, Hawthorn, exploring the theme of Identity: Origins and Diaspora. Our full programme can be found at our website.  Kate ForsythOver 60 fabulous speakersIn a celebration of the historical fiction genre, […]
  • Writing and Publishing Hidden Stories - by Dr Glenice Whitting August 31, 2017
     Writers often dream of being published and getting their work ‘out there’. I am no exception. I had just completed my Masters of Creative Writing at Melbourne University when my first novel, Pickle to Pie co-won the Ilura Press International Fiction Quest. This meant a cash advance, plus publication and I was beside myself with excitement. […]
  • Historical Costumes: Walking in a Character's Clothes August 27, 2017
    One of the best ways to bring an historical novel to life is through detailed research. Nowadays there are many channels for research – primary sources are more available online than they’ve ever been, and often free to access with a click of a button. Those with a larger budget can travel and immerse themselves […]
  • The Enduring Fascination of Historical Crime Fiction by Christa Ludlow August 24, 2017
    Historical crime fiction has an enduring fascination. The possibility of journeying back through time to the era of Sherlock Holmes, gaslight and hansom cabs; constables patrolling streets shrouded in fog; detectives attending autopsies in chilly underground caverns – what could be more enticing? We don’t have to travel to London to experience these thrills - Sydney […]
  • Interview with Cheryl Hayden August 20, 2017
    Cheryl Hayden is a researcher and novelist with a passion for 16th Century Cornwall.   Her novel, A Christmas Game, examined the plight of the rebel Cornishmen during and after the 1549 Prayer Book Rebellion. She is currently a PhD candidate at Flinders University, writing a fictional account of the life of Tristram Winslade.  Cheryl was […]
  • Interview with Gabrielle Wang August 17, 2017
    Gabrielle Wang is an award winning children’s author and illustrator whose books are a blend of Chinese and Western culture with a touch of fantasy.She has twice won the Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Long Fiction and her novels have been named Notables in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. Her first novel, The Garden of […]
  • Imagining the Past Podcast Series: Kelly Gardiner and Catherine Padmore August 13, 2017
    HNSA is proud to announce the release of the final podcast in our series 'Imagining the Past' before the 2017 HNSA Melbourne Conference. This week our host, Kelly Gardiner, is in the hot seat chatting with colleague, Catherine Padmore, about historical bio-fiction. The podcast is a taste of what you will hear at the 2017 […]
  • Interview with Elise McCune August 13, 2017
    Elise McCune is a Melbourne based Australian author. She was born in Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia. In 1973, she moved to Perth, Western Australia and raised her two children, Lisa and Brett. She worked for ten years in the Western Australian Museum and after this she lived on a 5000-acre farm, two hundred kilometres north […]
Contact Us for all your enquiries about the upcoming 2019 ConferenceJoin our discussions about historical fiction at our Facebook Group

Let's make a noise about historical fiction!
Historical Novel Society Australasia   •   Creativity   •   Authenticity   •   Enrichment

HNSA Newsletter Updates

Subscribe to our newsletter for interviews, reviews, news and more!