Imagining the Past: Episode 12: History and Mystery: Weaving a Web of Truth and Lies in Detective Fiction

Writing historical crime fiction is like a treasure hunt for authors who dig up nuggets from the past to recreate old crimes and mysteries, both real and imaginary. How do authors lay down clues to keep readers (and the central characters) guessing whodunit? How do you balance the interlacing stories of detective, murderer and victim? … Read moreImagining the Past: Episode 12: History and Mystery: Weaving a Web of Truth and Lies in Detective Fiction

Imagining the Past: Episode 11: The Silver Screen: Scriptwriting and Adaptations

More and more historical novels are being adapted for screen, complete with lavish production values and high profile stars. What is the secret to writing scripts compared to books? How do scriptwriters condense intricate plots into a few hours screen time while maintaining complexity of characters and themes? What elements are producers searching for when … Read moreImagining the Past: Episode 11: The Silver Screen: Scriptwriting and Adaptations

Imagining the Past Podcast: Episode 10: Walking Side by Side: Collaboration Between Historical Novelist and Historian

This week’s episode of the Imagining the Past podcast was recorded during the 2019 HNSA conference in Parramatta, which was the second penal settlement established in Australia. When Thomas and Meg Keneally decided to set their Monsarratt detective series in Paramatta, Meg sought the assistance of local historian, Gay Hendrikson, to dig into the township’s history.  Gillian Polack learns … Read moreImagining the Past Podcast: Episode 10: Walking Side by Side: Collaboration Between Historical Novelist and Historian

Imagining the Past Podcast: Episode 9: Survival of the Fittest: Challenging Interior and Exterior Landscapes

A stark Australian landscape is both menacing and beautiful in Rachel Leary’s Bridget Crack with a protagonist who must overcome physical and psychological threats. David Whish-Wilson’s  The Coves explores the brutality of Australian renegades in the unlawful streets of 19th century San Francisco while Stephanie Parkyn’s Into the World forces her heroine to face ocean hazards while striving to protect a dangerous personal secret. In … Read moreImagining the Past Podcast: Episode 9: Survival of the Fittest: Challenging Interior and Exterior Landscapes

IMAGINING THE PAST PODCAST: EPISODE 8: GEORGE AND GEORGETTE: REGENCY MADNESS AND INSPIRATION

The Regency period lasted a mere nine years while Prince Regent George ruled as his temporarily mad father’s proxy. The glamour and charm of the era has lasted far longer with a plethora of novels set in in those times first made popular by Georgette Heyer in the 1920s. In this week’s episode of HNSA’s … Read moreIMAGINING THE PAST PODCAST: EPISODE 8: GEORGE AND GEORGETTE: REGENCY MADNESS AND INSPIRATION

Imagining the Past Podcast: Episode 7: Personal Histories: In Conversation with Nicole Alexander and Ella Carey

In this week’s episode of Imagining the Past, Irina Dunn speaks with Nicole Alexander and  Ella Carey about their writing journeys, the inspiration for their books, and why they draw upon family legend. Nicole Alexander writes sweeping epics evoking the grandeur of Australian landscapes, the hardships of rural life, and the turmoil of historic events. Ella Carey introduces … Read moreImagining the Past Podcast: Episode 7: Personal Histories: In Conversation with Nicole Alexander and Ella Carey

Imagining the Past, episode 6: We Need to Talk Bette and Joan

In this week’s episode of Imagining the Past, Linda Funnell interviews Jane Caro and Ali Alizadeh about their approach to writing about well-known historical figures: in their cases Elizabeth I and Joan of Arc respectively. Elizabeth I and Joan of Arc have already been the subject of countless books, engendering myth, obsession and various interpretations … Read moreImagining the Past, episode 6: We Need to Talk Bette and Joan

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

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

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

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