Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Historical Novel Society Australasia Conference

HNSA has been set up to promote the writing, reading and publication of historical fiction, especially in Australia and New Zealand. It is also affiliated with the Historical Novel Society, the international organisation providing fans of the historical fiction genre the opportunity to share their enthusiasm through print magazines, websites, social media and annual conferences. HNS’s founder, Richard Lee, has pledged support to HNSA to help our Australasian society develop a regional presence and encourage the establishment of a ‘third’ conference in addition to HNS’s current UK and US events.

And that's just what HNSA is doing!

We're excited to announce that we are holding our inaugural conference on 20-22 March 2015 at the historic Balmain Town Hall, Sydney. This initiative will create a community for the historical fiction genre by providing a forum for aspiring, emerging and established authors, historians, industry professionals, and fans of the genre to enjoy a weekend of talks, panels, debate and interaction about historical fiction.

The conference’s theme of ‘Peace and War’ coincides with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign. The programme will contain general, academic and cinematic streams. We also plan to hold a debate between historical novelists and historians discussing the validity of research in historical fiction. The esteemed novelist, Kate Forsyth, has agreed to act as the HNSA’s patron. So far our participating author list includes Kate Forsyth, Peter Corris, Colin Falconer, Blanche D'Alpuget, Isolde Martyn, Sulari Gentill, Toni Jordan, Nicole Alexander and Jesse Blackadder.

More details about the conference can be found at our brand new HNSA website

We’d love you to spread the word about the conference. Please ‘Like’ us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter @hnsasustralasia. Best of all, you can sign up to our mailing list now to be the first to hear news about early bird registration.

As always, we welcome historical fiction fans from around the world to join our Historical Novel Australasia Facebook Group to share our love of historical novels.

Please block out the 20-22 March 2015 in your diaries now!

Let’s make a noise about historical fiction!

Here's a tweet you might like to share:)

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