♠  14 August 2019, ‘History, fiction and the pursuit of truth: a case study from Guernsey in 1825’

A talk to the Independent Scholars Association of Australia at 5pm in the National Library of Australia.

♠  29 June 2019, ‘Johan Zoffany: “the Jane Austen of English painting”?’

The annual conference of the Jane Austen Society of Australia, to be held at the Epping Club in Sydney, will explore the relationship between Jane Austen and art. Zoffany was born over 40 years before Jane Austen, travelled widely and mixed with the great and famous – a life so different from Jane’s. Yet he has been described as ‘the Jane Austen of English painting’. Stephen Foster will tease out what this might mean.

♠  25 June 2019, ‘History, fiction and the space between’

The final session in a course for Canberra U3A, ‘Historians talking about the past’, convened by Stephen Foster and Michael McKernan. To be held in the Wesley Music Centre, Forrest. For more information about U3A membership and the course, which begins on 30 April, see or email

Past events

♠  25-26 October 2018, ‘Imagination vs historical authenticity: the case of Zoffany’s daughter’

Stephen Foster will participate in a two-day workshop on ‘Speculating upon biography’: an international symposium dedicated to exploring the boundaries of biography. The event, organised by Central Queensland University, will be held at Noosa, north of Brisbane.

♠  20 July 2018, ‘Why family history matters’

Macquarie University’s Centre for Applied History presents a workshop on ‘Family history in Australia and the World’ at the State Library of New South Wales. Speakers: Tanya Evans (Macquarie), Jerome de Groot (Manchester), Stephen Foster (on ‘Why family history matters’), Emma Shaw (Newcastle, NSW), Anne Monsour (Professional historian), Melissa Jackson (SLNSW), and Indira Chowdhury (Srishti Institute, Bengaluru). Family, local and public historians are especially welcome.

♠  4 July 2018, Stephen Foster presents paper at the Australian Historical Association conference at ANU on ‘History, fiction, and the space between’

♠  5 June 2018, author talk about Zoffany’s daughter and A private empire at the Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra

♠  4 March 2018, a literary dinner in Albury, NSW

Dymocks Albury are hosting are evening to discuss Zoffany’s daughter in The Rose Garden at the Albury Club. Email for bookings and more information.

♠  29 November 2017, Canberra launch

Zoffany’s daughter will be launched by Kim Rubenstein, Professor of Law at the Australian National University at the National Library of Australia at 5:30pm immediately following the conference Related Histories: Studying the Family.

Click here to read Professor Kim Rubenstein’s speech at the launch of Zoffany’s daughter.

♠  11 November 2017, author talk to the Guernsey Society in London

The Guernsey Society is hosting an author talk at 12:15pm at Fountains Abbey, 109 Praed Street, London, W2 1RL. All welcome. Click here for more information.

♠  7 November 2017, Guernsey launch

A Dramatic Book Launch at the Guille-Allès Library, St Peter Port. The Guernsey History in Action Company will perform a short play based on scenes in the book.
Entrance is free, but spaces are limited so please reserve your place with the Library on 720392 or email
Click here for more information.

♠  4 November 2017, Guernsey book signing

The author will be signing books at the Guernsey Press Bookshop, Smith Street, St Peter Port from 12pm to 2pm. All very welcome.