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One week­end in Septem­ber will see the se­cluded vil­lage of St Al­bans – nes­tled on the up­per reaches of the Hawkes­bury – be­come a dy­namic cul­tural hub. A small fes­ti­val now in its third year, its pro­gram is eclec­tic. Here’s our pick of the bunch. stal­ban­swrit­ers fes­ti­ 1. SIMMONE LOGUE: DIN­NER WITH THE WRIT­ERS Cater­ing guru Simmone Logue will cook up a storm, while a selec­tion of writ­ers on the fes­ti­val bill dis­cuss their favourite food writ­ing. 2.THE 1836 DIN­NER At the heart of his­toric St Al­bans is its con­vict-built pub, the Set­tlers Arms Inn, which was first es­tab­lished in 1836. Con­sid­er­ing what might have been eaten at the inn dur­ing that time, Jac­qui Newl­ing, Syd­ney Liv­ing Mu­se­ums’ gas­tronomer, has cre­ated an authen­tic menu for guests to tuck into, and will give his­tor­i­cal in­sight be­fore and dur­ing the din­ner. 3. FES­TI­VAL FILM NIGHT: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Di­rec­tor Ge­orge Miller will in­tro­duce a screen­ing of his film Mad Max: Fury Road and take par t in a Q&A ses­sion. Simmone Logue is on pic­nic din­ner du­ties. 4. GE­ORGE GITTOES: BLOOD MYSTIC In sup­port of his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, Blood Mystic, artist Ge­orge Gittoes will tell tales of his colour­ful life. From his child­hood in Syd­ney and ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with Andy Warhol in New York, and from creating Syd­ney’s Yel­low House with artist Martin Sharp to his lat­ter-day work as an eye wit­ness in the world’s con­flict zones, he’ll share all in con­ver­sa­tion with Cather­ine du Peloux Me­nagé. 5. MADE­LINE GLEE­SON: BE­HIND THE WIRE ON MANUS AND NAURU Lawyer and au­thor Made­line Glee­son speaks to Michael Bris­senden about her book, Be­hind the wire on Manus and Nauru, and re­search, which ex­am­ine what has been hap­pen­ing on Manus Island and Nauru since off­shore pro­cess­ing be­gan, and what life in these cen­tres is like for asy­lum seek­ers.

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