2020 ARA Historical Novel Prize Longlist: Shepherd by Catherine Jinks

HNSA, in partnerships with ARA Group, recently announced the eight talented authors, and their outstanding novels, selected in the 2020 longlist for the inaugural ARA Historical Novel Prize. Shepherd by Catherine Jinks was one of the novels featured in the longlist. We chat with Catherine below about why she entered the prize and what historical fiction means to … Read more2020 ARA Historical Novel Prize Longlist: Shepherd by Catherine Jinks

2020 ARA Historical Novel Prize Longlist: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

HNSA, in partnerships with ARA Group, recently announced the eight talented authors, and their outstanding novels, selected in the 2020 longlist for the inaugural ARA Historical Novel Prize. The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams was one of the novels featured in the longlist. We chat with Pip below about why she entered the prize … Read more2020 ARA Historical Novel Prize Longlist: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

2020 ARA Historical Novel Prize Longlist: Bodies of Men by Nigel Featherstone

HNSA, in partnership with the ARA Group, recently announced the eight talented authors, and their outstanding novels, selected in the 2020 longlist for the inaugural ARA Historical Novel Prize. Bodies of Men by Nigel Featherstone was one of the novels featured in the longlist. We chat with Nigel below about why he entered the prize and … Read more2020 ARA Historical Novel Prize Longlist: Bodies of Men by Nigel Featherstone

2020 ARA Historical Novel Prize Longlist: Stone Sky Gold Mountain by Mirandi Riwoe

HNSA, in partnership with the ARA Group, recently announced the eight talented authors, and their outstanding novels, selected in the 2020 longlist for the inaugural ARA Historical Novel Prize. Stone Sky Gold Mountain by Mirandi Riwoe was one of the novels featured in the longlist. We chat with Mirandi below about why she entered the prize … Read more2020 ARA Historical Novel Prize Longlist: Stone Sky Gold Mountain by Mirandi Riwoe

Imagining the Past: Episode 14: A French Affair: In Conversation with Kate Forsyth and Natasha Lester

The allure of France has often inspired historical novelists to conjure the romance and tumult of its history. Kate Forsyth’s novel, The Blue Rose, transports the reader to the perils of the French Revolution and the exotic world of Imperial China. Natasha Lester’s The French Photographer deals with more recent history of World War II France and America. In this … Read moreImagining the Past: Episode 14: A French Affair: In Conversation with Kate Forsyth and Natasha Lester

Imagining the Past: Episode 13: The Things We Don’t Know: Research Challenges Across Eras

What are the challenges faced in researching pre-history when there are no written records? How do you approach interpreting Middle Age chronicles? Or choose between a plethora of conflicting primary sources when delving into modern history? In this week’s episode of the Imagining the Past podcast, Isolde Martyn investigates the research challenges faced by Ilka Tampke, Gillian Polack and Pamela Hart when … Read moreImagining the Past: Episode 13: The Things We Don’t Know: Research Challenges Across Eras

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

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