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‘Murder She Wrote’ Terra Australis Conference

What happens after HNSA 2019? You can enjoy more historical fiction laced with mystery and crime at the Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival (TAF2019), Tasmania’s newest literary festival, set in the gorgeous Huon Valley. The inaugural staging – Murder She Wrote – runs from Thursday 31 October to Tuesday 5 November. There are three

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Giveaway of The Girl in the Mirror

This month, our sponsor, Eagle Books, is offering a  giveaway of The Girl in the Mirror by Jenny Blackford. Subscribe to our HNSA newsletter then comment on this post to enter the draw. Contest ends at 5 pm on 21 October 2019. Winning entries will be determined via random.org. ‘A wonderful story, with creepiness lurking

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Author spotlight – and interview with Robyn Cadwallader

Prior to publishing her debut novel, The Anchoress, Robyn Cadwallader had published a poetry collection, I Painted Unafraid, and a non-fiction book about virginity and female agency in the Middle Ages. Her second novel, Book of Colours, was published in 2018. Robyn is the reviews editor for the online literary journal, Verity La. Robyn, thank

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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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