In this month’s How To Series, ABC’s Michael Cathcart shares the golden rules of giving an engaging radio interview. He takes us through the process of landing a radio slot to the ways historians can enthrall their audience by having a bold narrative, being enthusiastic and above all sharing a love of history!
Phillipa McGuinness, Executive Publisher atNewSouth Publishing, kicks off our brand new How To Series with some fantastic tips on what and what not to do when writing a book proposal. Here she explains what will catch the eye of a publisher, reminds us to read widely (good writers are good readers!) and encourages historians to be imaginative and bold.
Ann McGrath, Professor of History and Director of the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the Australian National University, is the subject of our June Q&A Series. In this inspiring interview, she discusses why she writes history and who she writes it for, reflects on the changes she has observed in Australian history over her career and reminds us that historians can be activists. She also calls on ECRs to research topics that are meaningful and important now and to embrace new trends in media that allow historians to tell stories about the past in new and exciting ways.
Peter Stanleyis a professor at the University of New South Wales Canberra and has worked in some of Australia’s major public history institutions as well as in academia. Here he shares with us his over three decades of experience, discussing the collegiality of working as a public historian and the necessary isolation of being an academic. He reminds us that mentors must encourage and impart confidence in mentees, that good writing should be vigorous, and that historians have a responsibility to become involved in public debate.
In this thought-provoking Q&A, Tom Griffiths, William Keith Hancock Professor of History at the Australian National University, discusses the place of imagination in history, his goal to bridge the sciences and the humanities and the role of historians to unsettle and inspire. He encourages Early Career Researchers to develop a sense of themselves as scholars and to trust their intuition and reminds us that being an historian is a lifelong apprenticeship.
In our final Q&A for 2016, Anna Clark, Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology Sydney, discusses how her intellectual heroes and mentors have shaped her approach to history and what she loves about being an historian.