Phryne Fisher and Other Fantasies: The Female Detective in History

Submitted by Carmel on 15 February 2015 – 2:46pm


The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) is offering a 10% discount to Sisters in Crime members to attend its inaugural conference at Balmain Town Hall in Sydney on 21-22  March.

It is also offering the opportunity to submit an academic paper to a special edition of The Australian Journal of Crime Fiction on the theme ‘Phryne Fisher and Other Fantasies: The Female Detective in History’.

A panel discussion on this theme will be held at 11.15 am Sunday 22 March with Rachel De Rossignol, Wendy J Dunn, Diane Murray, Rachel Franks and Kelly Gardiner (free admission with a whole conference ticket.)

Several Sisters in Crime members will be participating: Felicity Pulman, Sulari Gentill, and Sophie Masson.

The Historical Novel Society Australasia (conference will celebrate the historical fiction genre in a weekend of talks, panels, debates, book launches and readings with super sessions on social media, researching and writing historical fiction as well as manuscript assessments.  The weekend conference will showcase 40 speakers and is peppered with international literati such as Kate Forsyth (its patron), Felicity Pulman, Isolde Martyn, Sulari Gentill, Jesse Blackadder, Sophie Masson, Toni Jordan and Colin Falconer.

HNSA is offering Sisters in Crime members a special conference deal.  The price of a Whole Conference ticket (normally priced at $250) will be reduced by 10% to $225.  This ticket entitles the holders to attend all the sessions in the main program and also includes morning and afternoon tea, and a lunch voucher redeemable at a fantastic local café.  The offer does not include tickets to super sessions or social events. Apply the coupon code SISHNSA15 when purchasing a standard whole conference ticket. Day tickets are also available.

In addition to the discount on the whole conference ticket, HNSA is offering a giveaway of Sherryl Clark’s Do You Dare-Jimmy’s War to the first 50 ticketholders to the conference dinner on Saturday 21 March. All ticketholders to the opening night reception at the State Library of NSW on Friday 20 March will receive a free ebook bundle of the Janna Chronicles by Felicity Pulman.

For more information, visit the conference website –