Introducing the HNSA Elizabeth Jane Corbett Mentorship Contest

Before COVID-19 changed our world, the HNSA community suffered its own sadness in January with the sudden and sorrowful death of Elizabeth Jane Corbett. Liz was a joyful, talented writer with a self-deprecating sense of humour and an ability to harness people’s enthusiasm for historical fiction. I first came across her nearly ten years ago … Read moreIntroducing the HNSA Elizabeth Jane Corbett Mentorship Contest

Catch up with HNSA 2019: our new season of Imagining the Past podcasts: Episode 1

I’m delighted to introduce our new season of Imagining the Past podcasts. Over the coming weeks, our host, Greg Johnston, will present recordings of live sessions from the HNSA 2019 conference program. It will be a treat for those who couldn’t attend our conference at Western Sydney University in October last year. It’s also a … Read moreCatch up with HNSA 2019: our new season of Imagining the Past podcasts: Episode 1

Imagining the Past: Episode 5: The Feminine Mystique

This week’s episode of Imagining the Past is in memory of Elizabeth Jane Corbett who passed away earlier this year. She was a wonderful author and dedicated member of the HNSA Committee. Liz featured in our Feminine Mystique: Writing Strong Female Protagonists panel in HNSA 2019 chaired by Sophie Masson with Kirsty Murray and Juliet … Read moreImagining the Past: Episode 5: The Feminine Mystique

Imagining the Past: Episode 4: Intertwining lives revealed

Our podcast episode this week explores a popular sub genre of historical fiction – parallel narratives. Our host, Greg Johnston, introduces a discussion chaired by Diane Murray with Tea Cooper, Carla Caruso and Emily Madden on Intertwining Lives Revealed: the mystery in parallel narratives. Please enjoy this recorded live session from the HNSA 2019 conference program, and subscribe … Read moreImagining the Past: Episode 4: Intertwining lives revealed

Imagining the Past: Episode 3 – I am a camera

Our podcast episode this week is published in tribute to Julian Leatherdale who sadly passed away this year. He was a true gentleman with a great sense of humour and a love for the grandeur and history of heritage buildings in Sydney’s Blue Mountains where some of his books were set. Our host, Greg Johnston, … Read moreImagining the Past: Episode 3 – I am a camera

Imagining the Past: Episode 2 – It’s Academic

The HNSA community has been rocked and deeply saddened this year by the untimely deaths of three of our HNSA family. Over the coming weeks, we will be honouring their memories by releasing episodes featuring recorded live sessions with Jesse Blackadder, Julian Leatherdale and Elizabeth Jane Corbett from the HNSA 2019 conference program. Today, our episode … Read moreImagining the Past: Episode 2 – It’s Academic

The Unbearable Brightness of Seeing – how Norfolk Island shines its own light on the process of writing

Written by Sally Colin-James, the emerging writer winner of the inaugural Colleen McCullough Residency Award There’s something about the light on Norfolk Island. A brightness, a clarity. An ever-present magic-hour that begs the attention of a lens. And, as I sit beside Dr Colleen McCullough’s headstone, I am reminded of the words of another McCullough, … Read moreThe Unbearable Brightness of Seeing – how Norfolk Island shines its own light on the process of writing

What historical fiction means to me: Elisabeth Storrs, HNSA Chair

‘Enter Ed Federman again…He was so impressed with the calibre of  our HNSA authors and conference programs that he approached us with the idea of ARA Group establishing a substantial literary prize dedicated to historical fiction with prize money of $30,000! Once I picked myself up from the floor, I said, ‘Yes, please!’” Tomorrow, 30th … Read moreWhat historical fiction means to me: Elisabeth Storrs, HNSA Chair

What historical fiction means to me: Margaret Connolly owner of literary agency, Margaret Connolly and Associates

‘A prize like the ARA Historical Novel Prize draws attention to the high quality of works of historical fiction and brings to public attention both new and established writers of the genre.’ Our second literary agent interview is with Margaret Connolly. She has years of experience in the literary field, and here shares her wisdom … Read moreWhat historical fiction means to me: Margaret Connolly owner of literary agency, Margaret Connolly and Associates

What historical fiction means to me: Tara Wynne, literary agent for Curtis Brown

‘Prizes draw attention to an author. It’s like a gold label on a bottle of wine. It gives it a seal of approval that someone browsing for their next read would pay attention to.’ Originally from the UK, but nowadays busy-busy as literary agent for Curtis Brown, Tara Wynne looks after some notable Australian historical … Read moreWhat historical fiction means to me: Tara Wynne, literary agent for Curtis Brown

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