A few last minute changes

In the past few months some of our wonderful speakers have withdrawn due to personal circumstances. I’m pleased to say that their replacements are just as talented. Take a look: Bookseller, Scott Whitmont, and author, Catherine T Wilson, will step into the shoes of Melanie Prosser and Lucinda Brant in Connecting with Readers; the post … Read moreA few last minute changes

ARA HNSA Short Story Contest Long list

We are delighted to announce the long list of entries in our ARA HNSA Short Story Contest. Congratulations to the authors who are in the running to win our $500 prize generously donated by ARA. Dear Anna by Nicola WardleyFare Thee Well by Lou GreeneThe Driver by Dell BrandThe Ink Stain by Christina KingTo Liberty by … Read moreARA HNSA Short Story Contest Long list

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 … Read moreAuthor spotlight – and interview with Robyn Cadwallader

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

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 … Read moreAnnouncement of ARA HNSA Short Story Contest long list deferred

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

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

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