2nd-4th September 2016

Oxford, UK

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The Historical Novel Society Conference 2016 will be held in Oxford, City of Dreaming Spires, from 2nd to 4th September 2016.

The conference

The_Mathematical_Institute_at_Oxford_UniversityThe main conference will be held in the fabulous new Mathematics Institute, a ten minute walk from Oxford City Centre and five minutes from historic St Giles. Oxford is a beautiful and popular city with a long and fascinating history.

The Saturday night Gala dinner will be held at St Anne’s on the Woodstock Road with a three course dinner, wine and soft drinks, a costume pageant, and a star after-dinner speaker plus historical suspense readings to follow.

The Conference will kick off on Friday evening with a canapés and drinks reception to include 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.

Special attractions

Saturday and Sunday morning will provide an irresistible mix of keynote speakers, workshops, talks and panels, led from a cast list already sparkling with names such as Melvyn Bragg, Tracy Chevalier and Kate Williams, along with Margaret George, Elizabeth Chadwick of The Greatest Knight fame and CW Gortner. Browse the full list on our Who’s who page.

From leaders of the publishing industry to new and growing historical fiction publishers, and from top agents in the field to specialists in ebook distribution and promotion, there will be something for everyone interested in the genre – readers and writers, established and aspiring – and of course there will be one-to-ones available with editors and agents and networking opportunities galore.

The Normans are coming!

As 2016 is the 950th anniversary of the Norman Conquest, plans are underway to involve the 1066 re-enactment society, and there will be knowledgeable actors present on Saturday in full costume to answer any questions you might have about this significant event in English history.

HNS London 2014

For a flavour of our conferences here’s a video giving a taste of the HNSLondon14 experience: