Dear readers, welcome!

It's been a busy month. It was a pleasure to be on an author panel with Pamela Hart, Amanda Hampson and Lisa Chaplin for Lake Macquarie History Week at Toronto Library. We had suspense writer Jaye Ford keeping us in order and asking some very good questions that prompted some lively discussion.
   And then this last weekend over 240 historical novel readers and writers congregated in Melbourne for a fabulous conference run by the Historical Novel Society of Australasia. The society has over a thousand members now and is planning to set up chapters in each state. 
   Regency writer Anne Gracie and I teamed up to provide one of the writing workshops and it was a delight to join fellow novelists Alison Stuart, Anna Campbell and Lisa Chaplin for the panel: 'A Rose By Any Other Name' with Elisabeth Storrs in the chair. The theme was the differences between historicals with love stories and historical 'romance'. A big thank you to everyone who came along -- you were a lovely audience.

The conference's success only goes to show that there is a lot of creative thought going on and this is especially giving rise to a huge burst of historical novels set in Australia.  I guess that for younger readers the Twentieth Century is 'history' now!  What is evident, too, is that a lot of people are getting inspiration from sleuthing their family memoirs and discovering ancestors who had really interesting lives.  Much to my surprise, I have a kindred writing spirit in my family tree. My sister-in-law has been kindly researching my grandfather's family and discovered I have a great-great-great uncle who was a journalist in the 1890s with a deep interest in the French Revolution. Maybe that's where the DNA for writing Fleur-de-Lis came from. His name was John Goldworth Alger (1836-1907) and he wrote at least six books on the French Revolution/Napoleonic era.

The next HNSA Conference will be in a couple of years' time (when the current committee have recovered from this one!). Congratulations to organisers: Elisabeth Storrs, Chris Foley, Greg Johnson, Diane Murray and Felicity Pulman and helpers who made it such a success. Lots more books being born!
Happy reading, everyone!

Plantagenet Society of Australia

PlantagenetsLogoAbout 15 years ago, six of us started a history society dedicated to the Plantagenet era (Henry II—Richard III). We meet six times a year and our invited speakers are experts from many fields.

We now have a Facebook page and you can find videos of the talks we’ve enjoyed  from guest speakers such as our patron: Professor Carole Cusack of Sydney University.

The next meetings this year  will be Saturday 16 September at Hornsby Library Meeting Room at 2pm – talk by Judy King on 'William the Marshal', and on Saturday 18 November our speaker will be Susan Shaw on 'Life in Medieval York'

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Upcoming events


23 -24 September 2017
Medieval Fair
St Ives Showground, Sydney
Lunch hour
Ku-ring-gai Library Tent
Isolde Martyn -- Saturday
Felicity Pulman  -- Sunday

Saturday 14 October 2017
Richard III Society
Talk by Isolde on 'Medieval Widows'
2 pm --4 pm
Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
280 Pitt Street