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Kate Crawford, Mosman Daily, March 24, 2017, Writers of historical fiction gather at Barry O’Keefe Library in Mosman ahead of national conference.
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The History Girl Blog: Gillian Polack interviews Elisabeth Storrs on the HNSA 2017 Conference programme.
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Feathers of the Firebird Blog: Looking forward to the HNSA Conference – Interview with Elisabeth Storrs.
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  • Save the Date of the HNSA 2019 Conference! November 16, 2018
    SAVE THE DATE!We are delighted to announce that the next conference of Historical Novel Society Australasia will be held in Sydney on 25 to 27 October 2019, in historic Parramatta. We’re equally delighted to announce our new partnership with Western Sydney University’s Writing & Society Research Centre and the School of Humanities & Communication Arts, […]
  • Shortlisted Stories from the HNSA 2017 Short Story Competition June 4, 2018
    In addition to the first and second prize winners, there were four shortlisted entries in the HNSA 2017 Short Story Competition. Here (in no particular order), we feature the two remaining stories:Denise Ogilvie is a short story  writer and novelist. Her children's fantasy,  The Luchair Stones, was published by Phoenix Yard Books (London) in  2014. […]
  • Shortlisted stories from the HNSA 2017 Short Story Competition May 27, 2018
    In addition to the first and second prize winners, there were four shortlisted entries in the HNSA 2017 Short Story Competition. Here (in no particular order), we feature two of them:"Again" by Belinda Lyons-LeeBelinda Lyons-Lee is an emerging MG, YA and adult author of fiction inspired by nineteenth century history. She is also partial to adding […]
  • Transit - by Lauren Chater, which won second place in the HNSA 2017 Short Story Prize May 20, 2018
    Today we shine a spotlight on Lauren Chatter's short story, "Transit", which won second place in the HNSA 2017 Short Story Competition and was recently published in Swinburne University's literary journal Backstory.  "Transit" was inspired by the actions of two men, Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree, who were the first to record the transit of Venus which […]
  • The Call of Stars - Eleanor Limprecht's winning entry in the HNSA short story competition May 13, 2018
    Today, we shine a spotlight on the winning story in our HNSA 2017 Short Story Competition. Eleanor Limprecht's short story, "The Call of the Stars", was originally written as part of Long Bay, a novel based on the true story of a young woman named Rebecca Sinclair who ended up in Long Bay Women’s Reformatory in 1909 […]
  • 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 […]
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