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9th September 2016

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came to Oxford and participated in HNS Oxford 2016. We hope all your journeys home have been pleasant and safe. We really enjoyed organising the conference, sourcing speakers, putting together panels and giving them subjects to challenge, entertain and inspire. We also enjoyed creating subsidiary events such as the trip […]

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18th August 2016

HNSOxford16 Short Story Award Longlist

The HNSOxford16 Short Story judges are pleased to announce that after much soul-searching, and because they had some fabulous entries, they have decided upon a longlist of twelve for the HNSOxford16 Short Story Award. The entries selected for the longlist are as follows (in random order): The Fat Lady Sings The Sharing of a Husband […]

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27th July 2016

Anna Belfrage on Time Travel

Impossible but Fascinating I think most writers of historical fiction have moments when they fantasise about doing some time travelling – preferably in a controlled environment and with a return ticket. After all, those of us who write books set in the past have some sort of idea as to how grim and dirty and […]

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25th May 2016

CC Humphreys and the Great Fire of London

Though I wasn’t born there, London is my city and I know it. After school my ‘gap year’ of 1974-5 was spent as a motorcycle messenger. Based in a Soho that was still very much ‘sin city’, I learned all sorts of interesting things; the naïve schoolboy grew up fast. Paid by the ride, to […]

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3rd May 2016

Announcing HNSOxford16 Goody Bags!

Calling all delegates who have something to share or promote. We have printed a cotton conference bag for everyone attending to take away and keep which will be stuffed full of goodies to take home. If you would like to make a contribution for the bags then please send your items to the address below […]

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11th April 2016

Nicola Cornick on Writing About the Stuarts

For me writing about the Stuarts sprang out of a fascination with Ashdown House, a 17th century hunting lodge where I work as a guide and historian for the National Trust.  My writing career had originated in a love of the books of Georgette Heyer and the Regency authors who had followed in her footsteps, […]

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21st March 2016

An Interview with Douglas Jackson

Douglas Jackson talks to Alison Morton about life on the Roman street and the uncompromising Gaius Valerius Verrens The Daily Express has described Douglas Jackson as “One of the best historical novelists writing today” with The Scotsman saying “If I were Conn Iggulden or Simon Scarrow, I’d be rather worried by the new kid on […]

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10th November 2015

An Interview with Melvyn Bragg

Melvyn Bragg talks to Edward James about his new novel Now is the Time, set during the Peasants’ Revolt   I am sure that I have no need to introduce Melvyn Bragg, who will be one of the keynote speakers at next year’s HNS conference. Although best known as a TV presenter, he is a prolific […]

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1st November 2015

Booking rooms at St Anne’s

Early booking is advisable if you would like to take advantage of our special discount rates at St Anne’s College, as they will soon run out of available rooms. We currently have singles available for the two conference nights but these are very quickly being taken up. We have run out of double rooms but […]

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6th October 2015

Fay Weldon and Jo Baker confirmed for the Friday Reception

We can confirm that the 2016 Conference will kick off on Friday evening with a canapés and drinks reception, with a special event with prize-winning novelist Fay Weldon, author of the screenplays for Upstairs Downstairs and Pride and Prejudice, in conversation with Jo Baker, author of best-selling Longbourn, about writing the Big House story.

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