Novel Approaches: from academic history to historical fiction

Historical fiction is more popular and critically well received than ever before, and its relationship with academic history is of increasing interest to historians.  ‘Novel Approaches’ seeks to explore this phenomenon by bringing together a wide range of speakers, including academic and public historians, authors and publishers.

The virtual conference continued from where our winter conference left off and is now available as a resource and as a place for discussion and debate.

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18 Nov 2011

The differences and similarities between historical fiction and academic history (video)

Maria Margaronis (The Nation), Ian Mortimer (author and historian), Beverley Southgate (University of Hertfordshire), Rebecca Stott (author, University of East Anglia)
18 Nov 2011

Does the success of historical fiction benefit or threaten academic history?

Jackie Eales (Canterbury Christ Church University/Historical Association), Cora Kaplan (Queen Mary University of London), Paul Lay (History Today), Stella Tillyard (author and historian)
18 Nov 2011

The popularity of historical fiction (video)

Elizabeth Chadwick (author), Justin Champion (Royal Holloway University of London), Tracey Loughran (University of Cardiff), Peter Straus (Rogers, Coleridge and White)
17 Nov 2011

Novel Approaches podcasts

Paul Lay, David Loades, Hilary Martel, Alison Weir, Elizabeth Chadwick, Justin Champion, Tracy Loughran, Peter Straus, Maria Margaronis, Ian Mortimer, James Forrester, Beverly Southgate, Rebecca Stott, Jackie Eales, Cora Kaplan, Stella Tillyard