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Elizabeth Hawksley on The Historical Novel Society Conference

June 22, 2010

This year, the Historical Novel Society conference is on Sunday, 17th October, 2010 at the Mechanics’ Institute in Manchester.

I shall be doing a workshop on The First Chapter – hooking the readers, which should be fun. I’ve done workshops at previous conferences and always enjoyed them.

I shall also have the opportunity to hear children’s author, Ann Turnbull, speak on Love and Conflict in the 17th Century: Young Adult Historical Fiction. Ann is a writer I much admire. Her most recent book is Alice in Love and War, set during the English Civil War. It is a gripping tale, told with intelligence and honesty and she doesn’t pull her punches about how vulnerable women were at that period. She is also excellent at understanding the adolescent mind and we follow Alice’s progress from naïve young girl, through the bitterness of betrayal by her lover, grief at the death of friends, to a more mature understanding of herself and others.

I’m looking forward to hearing what Ann Turnbull has to say.

www.historicalnovelsociety.org

www.elizabethhawksley.com

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