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History Now: publishing history

History Now: publishing history

Join publishers Elspeth Menzies (NewSouth) and Matthew Richardson (Halstead Press) in conversation with Dr Tanya Evans (Macquarie University).

7 September 2022 5pm to 6pm


General Admission: Free


Map Rooms, First Floor
Mitchell Building
Sydney NSW 2000


Join publishers Elspeth Menzies (NewSouth) and Matthew Richardson (Halstead Press) in conversation with Dr Tanya Evans (Macquarie University).

Elspeth Menzies (NewSouth): What attracts me to particular proposals and manuscripts, and what does it take to appeal to a broad audience? Elspeth Menzies' book publishing career spans three decades, starting with many years as an editor at Pan Macmillan. At NewSouth Publishing/UNSW Press, where she is Executive Publisher, Elspeth has published award-witning books of history, including The Bible in Australia, along with highly illustrated books in partnership with Australia's leading cultural institutions. 

Matthew Richardson (Halstead Press): Most histories submitted for publicationemerge from years of careful work, and most are rejected after a few minutes' consideration by the publisher. What are the qualities that publishers and readers appreciate? Matthew Richardson has worked in history for 38 years as an editor including 30 as a publisher, and sporadically as an author. As the publisher at Halstead Press, his published extends to world history and most areas of Australian history. His own historical studies include exploration and mapping, the growth of ideas, and the work of ancient Chinese and Western historians. He lives in the Blue Mountains and works in Sydney and Canberra.

Dr Tanya Evans is an Associate Professor of History at Macquarie University. 

This event is part of the History Now series
3 August: Thinking about how to represent migration in museums
7 September: Publishing history
5 October: Histories and heritage of state institutions
2 November: Old and new archives

History Now is a series of public talks and discussions, bringing new perspectives to all aspects of historical practice. The series is designed to encourage engagement with the writing, making and creating of histories. It is a collaboration between the Australian Centre for Public History, UTS and the State Library of NSW. The convenors for 2022–23 are Paula Hamilton and Paul Ashton.


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