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HNSA 2021

HNSA’S IMAGINING THE PAST PODCAST INTERVIEWS Pip Williams

HNSA’s podcast Imagining the Past is back for another series in 2021. In this week’s episode, G.S. Johnston is joined by Pip Williams. Pip chats to Greg about The Dictionary of Lost Words, which was longlisted for the 2020 ARA Historical Novel Prize), her writing process and some of her writing choices. Pip’s first publication was a poem in Dolly magazine

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An Interview with Nadine Davidoff

In the lead up to the HNSA 2021 Virtual Conference, G.S. Johnston recently interviewed Nadine Davidoff who will be facilitating a Manuscript Bootcamp. Nadine Davidoff is a freelance book editor and writing teacher with extensive trade publishing experience. She has worked as a senior editor at Random House and a commissioning editor at Black Inc.

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HNSA’s Imagining the Past Podcast interviews Steven Conte

HNSA’s podcast Imagining the Past is back for another series in 2021. In this week’s episode, G.S. Johnston is joined by Steven Conte. Steven speaks about planning and executing The Tolstoy Estate (which was recently longlisted for the ARA Historical Novel Prize), writing ‘behind the enemy lines’, the risks of shaking up a novel’s structure, the Gurya Ghost and

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ARA Historical Novel Prize

2021 ARA Historical Novel Prize Shortlists announced

Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA), in partnership with Australia’s leading essential building and infrastructure services provider ARA Group, is excited to announce the Shortlists for the 2021 ARA Historical Novel Prize. This year’s Shortlists explore a diverse range of powerful themes, from recognising the silent victims of war and the uncomfortable truths of colonialism, through

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HNSA’S IMAGINING THE PAST PODCAST INTERVIEWS Susanne Gervay

HNSA’s podcast Imagining the Past is back for another series in 2021. In this week’s episode, G.S. Johnston is joined by CYA author Susanne Gervay. Susanne discuss her new time-slip novel, Heroes of the Secret Underground, migration, sculpting stories from WWII for CYA, and Pálinka. Awarded the Lifetime Social Justice Literature Award by the International Literacy Association, Order of Australia,

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2021 ARA HISTORICAL NOVEL PRIZE LONGLISTS ANNOUNCED

Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA), in partnership with Australia’s leading essential building and infrastructure services provider ARA Group, is excited to announce the Longlists for the 2021 ARA Historical Novel Prize. This year’s Longlists explore a diverse range of powerful themes, from the seductive appeal of false stories and the uncomfortable truths of colonialism, through

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HNSA’S IMAGINING THE PAST PODCAST INTERVIEWS Julie Janson

HNSA’s podcast Imagining the Past is back for another series in 2021. In this week’s episode, G.S. Johnston is joined by Julie Janson. Julie discusses her recent novel, Benevolence, the challenges of writing First Nation’s historical fiction, and of First Nation’s writers finding publishers.  Julie is a Burruberongal woman of Darug nation. She is a novelist, playwright, and poet.

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HNSA’S IMAGINING THE PAST PODCAST INTERVIEWS SIENNA BROWN

HNSA’s podcast Imagining the Past is back for another series in 2021. In this week’s episode, G.S. Johnston is joined by Sienna Brown to chat writing, multifaceted research, constructing Jamaican patois, and her novel, Master of My Fate. Sienna Brown was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and grew up in Canada. But it wasn’t until a

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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

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The countdown is on for early bird registration!

Going virtual has eliminated geographical boundaries enabling HNSA to create its most extensive conference program to date. Join us in a celebration of one of the world’s most popular genres of fiction over not one, but two, successive weekends! Early Bird registration ends on 1 october so buy your tickets now! Introducing our Bootcamp &

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Coming Soon: HNSA 2021 Program Launch

The COVID storm clouds have once again gathered over Australia but there is a silver lining for historical fiction fans. The HNSA committee are on the verge of opening registration for our Virtual HNSA 2021 Conference to be held on 22-24 October. Geographical boundaries have now been eliminated enabling HNSA to create its most extensive

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ARA Historical Novel Prize

An Interview With Paul McDonald, Chair of the 2021 Historical Novel Prize CYA Judging Panel

The HNSA, in partnership with our generous sponsor, ARA Group, has expanded the ARA Historical Novel Prize to include a category for outstanding Children and Young Adult (CYA) literature, bringing the total prize monies to $100,000. Only in its’s second year of operation, it’s now the richest genre based literary award. This month, we spoke to Paul McDonald, Chair

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Catching a Judge’s Eye: An Interview with Nicole Alexander, Panel Chair

The judging panels for the two categories of the 2021 ARA Historical Novel Prize consist of eminent authors and publishing professionals. We thought it might be useful for entrants to understand what catches a judge’s eye by interviewing the Panel Chairs. This month, we spoke to Nicole Alexander, Chair of the Adult category. Nicole Alexander’s novels, poetry,

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2021 ARA HISTORICAL NOVEL PRIZE OPENS FOR SUBMISSIONS

The 2021 ARA Historical Novel Prize opens for submissions at 9am today. You can find all relevant information about the contest on our website including the rules and nomination form. Take advantage of our Early Bird rate by submitting your novel by 14 May 2021. Entries close on 14 June 2021. The HNSA, in partnership with our generous

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ARA Historical Novel Prize Now $100,000 with CYA Category Added

Exciting news! The HNSA, in partnership with our generous sponsor, ARA Group, is expanding the ARA Historical Novel Prize to include a category for outstanding Children and Young Adult (CYA) literature.    What does this mean? The ARA Historical Novel Prize is now worth a total of $100,000 in prize monies. Only in its’s second

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HNSA 2021: Save the Date 22-24 October

After long deliberation, the HNSA committee have decided to ‘go virtual’ for our HNSA 2021 conference. Unfortunately, COVID19 continues to pose uncertainties for small organisations when planning events. Many of you will be disappointed you can’t meet in person but a virtual conference offers a great opportunity to enjoy the  entire program. All sessions and workshops will remain

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Mirandi Riwoe’s Stone Sky Gold Mountain Wins the Inaugural ARA Historical Novel Prize

The inaugural ARA Historical Novel Prize has been awarded to Brisbane-based Mirandi Riwoe for her novel Stone Sky Gold Mountain published by University of Queensland Press. You can watch the video broadcast of the awards ceremony via the HNSA YouTube channel or click on the video below. The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA), in partnership with

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You’re Invited to the 2020 ARA Historical Novel Prize Award Ceremony

We’re announcing the winner of the inaugural ARA Historical Novel Prize at 7.30pm (AEDST) on Tuesday 10 November. We’d love you to join us to celebrate the news. Hosted by Brooke Boney, the award ceremony will be held by both video broadcast and live stream via the HNSA YouTube channel. To be one of the first

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