This was my first HNS conference and I was unsure of what to expect and as a newbie was rather nervous about meeting people. I needn’t have worried.
Highlights included Conn Iggulden’s keynote address and Lindsey Davis in conversation with Jerome de Groot.
A key part of the Society’s remit is to encourage writers of historical fiction, and two awards were given during the conference.
Elizabeth Chadwick presented the inaugural HNS Indie Award to Linda Proud for
A Gift for the Magus.
The HNS Short Story Award for 2014 was presented by Ian Skillicorn (founder of Short Story Week) to Lorna Fergusson for Salt
I’m hoping that an ebook of the 2014 shortlisted stories will be published, like the 2012 entries were as The Beggar at the Gate & Other Stories.
The panel sessions were in turn informative:
(Selling Historical Fiction: the challenges and triumphs with Matt Bates, Carole Blake (CHAIR), Katie Bond, Nick Sayers, Simon Taylor, Susan Watt) - how important the book cover is.
fun: (‘My Era is Better than Yours’ with Angus Donald (Medieval), Suzannah Dunn (Tudor), Antonia Hodgson (Georgian), Giles Kristian (Viking & Civil War), Harry Sidebottom (Ancient Rome), Philip Stevens (CHAIR)) - Vikings had big axes.
thought provoking: (Freedom, Independence & Equality: Tackling the big issues with Emma Darwin, Elizabeth Fremantle, Margaret George, Douglas Jackson (CHAIR), Andrew Taylor, Robyn Young) - Margaret George refers to her novels about famous women in history as ‘psycho biographies.’Read Full Post