What historical fiction means to me: Robyn Cadwallader

‘Historical fiction must always be shaped to some degree by the time in which it is written … I’m intrigued by the conversation between present and past that results; we learn about ourselves by thinking about the past.’ I love this quote which gives writers of historical fiction a real insight into how our contemporary … Read moreWhat historical fiction means to me: Robyn Cadwallader

An island idyll – Christine Bell on the HNSA Colleen McCullough Residency

The moment I opened the HNSA newsletter with news of the inaugural HNSA Colleen McCullough Writing Residency, I felt such a yen and connection, it was almost as if it had my name on it. I don’t have a psychic bone in my body, so perhaps it was really only because I’d always, always wanted … Read moreAn island idyll – Christine Bell on the HNSA Colleen McCullough Residency

What historical fiction means to me: Deborah Challinor

‘Kids should read and learn more about history. Our past informs our present, and today’s young people are tomorrow’s adults. It will be very useful if they are able to build on the past’s victories rather than repeat its failures.’ Deborah Challinor. Without a doubt we are living through historic and troubling times. Many parallels … Read moreWhat historical fiction means to me: Deborah Challinor

Our judges for the ARA Historical Novel Prize

There’s only a few more weeks until entries open for the 2020 ARA Historical Novel Prize on 1 May. HNSA is delighted to announce the judges for this $30,000 literary award. Our panel consists of our Chair, Linda Funnell, co-editor of the Newtown Review of Books, freelance editor and publishing consultant; Paula Morris historical novelist, … Read moreOur judges for the ARA Historical Novel Prize

Introducing the ARA Historical Novel Prize

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A new $30,000 literary prize celebrating historical fiction Historical Novel Society Australasia is delighted to announce the inauguration of the ARA Historical Novel Prize which will celebrate the historical fiction genre with prize money of $30,000. Major sponsor, ARA Group, is joining with HNSA, in association with the New England Writers Centre, to reward and … Read moreIntroducing the ARA Historical Novel Prize

HNSA 2019 Conference Winners

Attendees of HNSA Sydney 2019 had the opportunity to enter three competitions. The ARA Short Story Contest TCW First Pages Pitch Contest The inaugural Colleen McCullough Residency Prize ARA Short Story Prize ARA’s generous sponsorship enabled us to establish the First Nations Participation Fund to cover the travel and accommodation expenses of our Indigenous speakers. … Read moreHNSA 2019 Conference Winners

HNSA Sydney 2019 Conference Wrap Up

It’s just over month since HNSA Sydney 2019 and the committee are starting to emerge from their fog of post conference fatigue. We will meet on Monday evening to de-brief and then <insert deep fortifying breath> set the train in motion for 2021.  Before we start chugging forward however, I’ve been asked to give you … Read moreHNSA Sydney 2019 Conference Wrap Up

Imagining the Past – with Alison Goodman

Our final episode for this year features a queen of historical fantasy, Alison Goodman. Kelly Gardiner asks her about Regency research and manners, dancing (and demon-slaying) in floor-length silk, plotting and planning, and walking the ground – experiencing places inhabited by fictional characters. Listen here Alison Goodman is the author of seven novels including her … Read moreImagining the Past – with Alison Goodman

Panel Spotlight – Personal Histories versus History and Mystery

I have to admit that I’m leaning toward one of the Sunday 9am panels over the other. I am worried I’ll be missing out on something interesting though and I’m dithering just a little on which panel to attend. My current work in progress is a three-book series (book one already published) dealing with “narratives … Read morePanel Spotlight – Personal Histories versus History and Mystery

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