Dear readers, welcome!

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It was lovely to get away from a very soggy Sydney and enjoy the Adelaide Writers’ Week. It’s held in the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Gardens so dependent on good weather and Adelaide didn’t disappoint. In fact, it was more a matter of finding shade as the temperature was in the 30cs.

What’s good about Writers’ Week is that it is free, no stress of booking ahead and if you find that a particular author interview doesn’t keep you enthused, you can easily move to another. I especially appreciated multi-award winning journalist Janine di Giovanni’s insights on the consequences of war and her take on events in Syria.

The other reason we were in SA was for Womadelaide Music Festival and apart from one showery day, it was a pleasure to enjoy the lovely venue -- so many beautiful trees to background the music not to mention a colony of bats hanging like little bags from the upper branches. They didn’t like all the music but they put up with some pretty loud beats. As an author, I found it interesting to observe the huge variety of people -- ages, faces and the variety of clothes. One surprise was the lighting of beacons and bonfires after dark and that really resonated with me because fire played a role in Troubadour.

And that brings me back to the present. Now that Troubadour is almost out, it’s back to concentrating on Book no 9. I’ve had writer’s block dogging me but I think I’ve finally sorted out why: the main male character was needing a lot more centre stage. Now that is happening, everything -- especially the layering -- is working at last. I still have to write the final third but hopefully the dynamics will really work now and that’s a good feeling.

Historical Novels Society of Australasia

If you love historicals and particularly if you live in Victoria, you might like to come to the HNSA Conference which will be held in Melbourne in September (see Upcoming Events). There will be lots of author panels and Regency writer Anne Gracie and I are presenting a craft workshop or aspiring authors.

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 this year from guest speakers Professor Carole Cusack , Professor Jonathon Wooding and yours truly.

The next meeting will be on Saturday 20 May at Hornsby Library Meeting Room at 2pm – Talk by Professor Sybil Jack on Medieval Towns.

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Upcoming events

Thursday 27 April
Book launch of Troubadour

Thursday 4 May
10.30 am, Dural Library
Author panel Lizzie Chandler, Lisa Chaplin, Cathryn Hein and Isolde Martyn

Thursday 18 May
10 am, Blacktown RSL
Talk by Isolde: Richard III and the Princes in the Tower

Friday 26 May
10 am, St Ives Library
Talk on Troubadour and morning tea (bookings essential)

9 to 10 September 2017
Historical Novel Society of Australasia Conference, Swinburne University, Melbourne:

  • Author panel ‘A rose by any other name….’ (authors Anna Campbell, Lisa Chaplin, Lucinda Brant and Isolde Martyn)
  • Historical Romance Workshop for Aspiring Authors (presented by Anne Gracie and Isolde Martyn)