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 … Read moreGiveaway of Tomodachi: The Forest of the Night

Author Spotlight — an interview with Tea Cooper

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

Author Spotlight – and interview with Michelle Aung Thin

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

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 … Read moreThe Things We Don’t Know versus Dispossession and Betrayal

Panel Spotlight – Strong Females versus Survival of the Fittest

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

Panel Spotlight – We need to Talk about Bette and Joan versus Connecting with Readers

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

Author Spotlight — an interview with Ali Alizadeh

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

Spotlight on the TCW First Pages Pitch Contest

‘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

Spotlight on Historical Weapons Re-enactments

Just as we immerse ourselves in writing of an historical time period, our characters emerging onto the pages to give the reader some sense of reality, there are people who, rather than writing about history, aim to actually live it.  These people are known as historical re-enactors and as of 2016, the Australia Living History … Read moreSpotlight on Historical Weapons Re-enactments

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