Dear readers, welcome!

Front CoverTroubadour CHere at last is the cover of TROUBADOUR. It’s an adventure and love story set in 1209, and it will be out in bookstores in Australia and New Zealand in April. The heroine is a resourceful young woman and the hero a nobleman desperate to save his city-state at any cost. Click here for how the story came to be written and an extract from the book.

I don’t know what you’d call a collection of historical novelists. A hive? A hubbub? No, not really, though some are pretty exuberant. A hibernation of…? Some of them are quite reclusive so that doesn’t cover it either. Anyway, a lot of Australia’s historical novelists are coming together in September in Melbourne for the Historical Novel Society of Australasia Conference. The one held two years ago in Sydney was a tremendous success with lots of readers coming along as well. This conference will be even better and there’s tons of work going on behind the scenes. 

Isolde

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 18 March at Hornsby Library Meeting Room at 2pm – Talk by Anthony McCurdy on The Misunderstood Middle Ages.

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Upcoming events

Friday 26 May
10 am St Ives Library
Author talk on Troubadour and morning tea

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)