News & Interviews

The Things We Don’t Know versus Dispossession and Betrayal

I’m stuck! I still haven’t decided what to do about my clashing Saturday panels and now I’ve come across the same issue on Sunday! Dispossession and Betrayal: recovering the erased history of First Nations.  The Things We Don’t Know: research challenges across eras. I don’t know what to do. Recovering erased history is a broad

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Announcement of ARA HNSA Short Story Contest long list deferred

Due to the wonderful response to our ARA HNSA Short Story Contest, more time is required to fully consider all the entries. The long list will now be announced on Monday, 14 October 2019, in our newsletter and on social media. Thanks for your patience, and stay tuned. The short list and winner will be

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Imagining the Past – with Nicole Alexander

Listen to our interview with Nicole Alexander, author of bestselling historical epics set in remote and rural Australia. Listen here Nicole is a fourth-generation grazier, and the author of nine historical novels: The Bark Cutters, A Changing Land, Absolution Creek, Sunset Ridge, The Great Plains, Wild Lands, River Run, An Uncommon Woman and most recently Stone Country. Nicole’s

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Imagining the Past – Catherine Jinks

Listen to our interview with award-winning author Catherine Jinks, on the many balancing tricks faced by writers of historical fiction: how to find the right voice, choose those telling details, plot your story, and reveal your characters. Listen here Catherine was born in Brisbane in 1963. She grew up in Papua New Guinea and later

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Giveaway of Tomodachi: The Forest of the Night

This month, our sponsor, Eagle Books, is offering a  giveaway of Tomadachi: The Forest of the Night, a novel which combines mystery, adventure, and the Samurai tradition. Subscribe to our HNSA newsletter then comment on this post to enter the draw. Contest ends at 5 pm on 7 October 2019. Winning entries will be determined

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Imagining the Past: with Pamela Hart

New podcast episode now live! In the latest episode of this year’s podcast series, our host Kelly Gardiner interviews Pamela Hart, an award-winning author of historical novels. Her most recent novel is The Desert Nurse, set in WWI, which tells the story of a nurse working with the ANZAC wounded in Egypt and the Sinai.

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Author Spotlight — an interview with Tea Cooper

Tea Cooper is the author of numerous novels set in Australia’s colonial past, including The Naturalist’s Daughter, The Currency Lass, and The Woman in the Green Dress. Her next novel, The Girl in the Painting, will be released in December 2019. Téa will be speaking at the HNSA conference session ‘Intertwining Lives Revealed: the mystery

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Author Spotlight – and interview with Michelle Aung Thin

Michelle Aung Thin will be a member of the panel Learning from History: subtexts in historical novels at this year’s HNSA Conference on Saturday 26 October 2019. One of Michelle’s key writing interests lies in the negotiation of ‘hybrid identity’, as exemplified in her absorbing novel, The Monsoon Bride, set in 1930s Rangoon. In an interview

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