I had a wonderful time giving the keynote speech at the Society of Women Writers’ NSW luncheon this week at the Mitchell Library. The topic was ‘Art, Inspiration and Historical Fiction: A Tuscan Odyssey’. I always LOVE talking about the Etruscans! And I enjoyed meeting participants in my workshop ‘The Telling Detail: Transforming Research into Imagery.’
My guest today is a fellow Australian. She is debut author Elizabeth Jane Corbett. When Elizabeth isn’t writing, she works as a librarian, teaches Welsh at the Melbourne Celtic Club and writes articles for the Historical Novel Review. In 2009, her short-story, ‘Beyond the Blackout Curtain’, won the Bristol Short Story Prize. Another, ‘Silent Night’, was short listed for the… read more
My guest today is Carol McGrath. Carol has an MA in Creative Writing from The Seamus Heaney Centre, Queens University Belfast, followed by an MPhil in Creative Writing from University of London. The Handfasted Wife, first in a trilogy about the royal women of 1066 was shortlisted for the RONAs in 2014. The Swan-Daughter and The Betrothed Sister complete this… read more
Kate Forsyth is best known for her historical novel Bitter Greens, which interweaves a retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale with the true life story of the woman who first told the tale, the 17th century French writer Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force. Kate has continued her fascination with entwining fairy tales with historical fiction in The Wild Girl… read more
Sophie Masson was kind enough to interview me on her blog about the upcoming 2017 HNSAustralasia Conference in Melbourne. I’ve really enjoyed being the programme director!
I was delighted to receive this lovely review of Call to Juno from Isobel Blackthorn, author of The Drago Tree. ‘It is refreshing to read of Roman times from a distinctly feminine perspective, one that captures the intimacy of motherhood and domesticity as much as it does the political horrors of war. Storrs maintains narrative control throughout, displaying that necessary… read more
My guest today is the wonderful Kate Quinn, a fellow Romaphile who has diverted from Rome to venture into the world of women spies in WW1. Kate is a native of southern California. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th… read more
My guest today is Crystal King who is a writer, culinary enthusiast, and social media expert. Her writing is fueled by a love of history and an obsession with the food, language, and culture of Italy. She has taught writing, creativity, and social media at Grub Street and several universities including Harvard Extension School and Boston University. Crystal received her… read more
Gillian Polack was kind enough to interview me on History Girls blog about my role as programme director for the Historical Novel Society Australasia Conference which is being held on 8-10 September 2017 in Melbourne. Over 60 speakers, 20 panels, 10 workshops and an academic programme. Not to mention a short story contest with a prize of $500!
I was delighted to be interviewed on the Historical Novel Society Australasia blog. I can’t wait until the HNSA 2017 Conference on 8-10 September. Read about a few of my favourite things here.