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 … Read moreImagining the Past – Catherine Jinks
Author David Whish-Wilson talks to Kelly Gardiner about the wild years of the American gold rush, fascinating people from the past, and the allure of crime writing.
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 … Read moreAuthor Spotlight — an interview with Tea Cooper
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 … Read moreAuthor Spotlight – and interview with Michelle Aung Thin
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 … Read moreThe Things We Don’t Know versus Dispossession and Betrayal
How good is this year’s HNSA Conference? It’s 1.45 pm on Sunday 27 October. I’ve enjoyed another round of networking over lunch and I’m on the home stretch. Having tried–and failed–to clone myself, I’ve already been faced with some tough choices between the many fabulous panels on offer. Now I have another lineball decision ahead … Read morePanel Spotlight – Strong Females versus Survival of the Fittest
When it comes to writing, I pretty much let my fingers do the typing. When it comes to selecting my preferred streams at the HNSA conference, it turns out that two choices is one too many. Deciding between HNSA panels is about as easy as guddling a fish. A side-note here : I do love … Read moreRegency Madness versus The Nuances of Point of View, which one will I choose?
I’m stuck. I’ve purchased my early bird ticket to #HNSA2019 so I have plenty of time to peruse the program. I didn’t factor in having to decide between panels on at the same time. Now I’m in a quandary and I’m not sure that having time to think is going to help at all! I … Read morePanel Spotlight – We need to Talk about Bette and Joan versus Connecting with Readers
Ali Alizadeh is an author and scholar. His books include a novel about Joan of Arc, The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc, described as ‘miraculous’ in The Sydney Morning Herald; ‘extraordinary’ in Australian Book Review; and longlisted for the Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal. His other books include Iran, My Grandfather, a semi-fictional history … Read moreAuthor Spotlight — an interview with Ali Alizadeh
‘Pitch contest entries are now full. All places have been taken.’ I flounce back into my chair, cursing my hesitation about entering this contest. Now I’ve missed out! Too slow, too indecisive, too busy with work to think about it properly. Of course, now I can’t enter it is the very thing I want to … Read moreSpotlight on the TCW First Pages Pitch Contest