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When: 11:00am to 1:00pm, Friday 7 April 2017
Where: Hunter Room, Newcastle City Hall
290 King St, Newcastle NSW 2300
Cost: $22, bookings essential
: 10 complimentary tickets have been set aside for students, APPLY NOW

For many early career historians, researchers and students, the thought of turning their research into a publication can be both exciting and daunting. Join the History Council of NSW with guest speakers including prize-winning historians, a publisher, and an awards judge, as they detail the process of submitting a book proposal, negotiating with publishers, promoting your work and achieving recognition.

After the guest speakers deliver their session, there will be time for questions and participants are invited to share their research ideas for feedback.

Presented by the History Council of NSW at the Newcastle Writers Festival 2017.


Dr Tanya Evans

Tanya Evans is an historian and the author of Fractured Families: Life on the Margins in Colonial New South Wales (New South, 2015), which she wrote in collaboration with family historians and was awarded the NSW Community and Regional History Prize at the 2016 NSW Premier’s History Awards. She wrote Unfortunate Objects: Lone Mothers in Eighteenth-Century London (Palgrave, 2005) and with Pat Thane, Sinners, Scroungers, Saints: Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth-Century England (2012). She is also author of the community funded, supported and written book Swimming with the Spit: 100 Years of the Spit Amateur Swimming Club (New South, 2016).

She is a senior lecturer in the Department of Modern History at Macquarie University where she teaches Australian history and public history. She has worked as a consultant for the National Council for the Unmarried Mother and her Child/Gingerbread in the UK, The Benevolent Society and for the Australian television series of Who do you think you are? and is the President of the History Council of NSW.

Professor Frank Bongiorno

Photo by Rodney Cavalier

Frank Bongiorno teaches and researches Australian history at the Australian National University in Canberra, and has previously worked at King’s College London and the University of New England, Armidale. Most recently, he was the author of The Sex Lives of Australians: A History (Black Inc, 2012), which was shortlisted for the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and the NSW Premier’s History Awards, and The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia (Black Inc, 2015). He has also been a regular reviewer of books for a wide range of publications in Australia and the United Kingdom. From 2013 to 2015, he was co-editor of History Australia, the Australian Historical Association’s journal.

Emeritus Professor David Carment, AM

David Carment is Emeritus Professor of History at Charles Darwin University, where he was also Dean of the Faculty of Law, Business and Arts. He is the author and editor of commercially published books on Northern Territory history and politics.

Actively involved in community and professional activities, he is a former President of the Australian Historical Association, the Royal Australian Historical Society and the History Council of NSW. During 2015 and 2016 he was a judge for the NSW Premier’s History Awards. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2003.

Phillipa McGuinness

Phillipa McGuinness has been grappling with copyright issues as a publisher for 20 years, at both Cambridge University Press and UNSW Press/NewSouth Publishing. She has published a number of prize-winning books of Australian history, politics, biography and memoir, including the acclaimed city series of books. She is editor of the book Copyfight (2015), and is currently working on a history of the year 2001 for Random House Australia.