St Al­bans Writ­ers’ Fes­ti­val 2017 - 8th to 10th Septem­ber

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News - by Jonathan Nolan

Es­cape over the Hawkes­bury and ex­plore a world of writ­ing with the third St Al­bans Writ­ers Fes­ti­val, fea­tur­ing a range of au­thor talks to suit all tastes.

Is sport your pas­sion? David Hill talks about his new book on Aus­tralian sport with sports jour­nal­ist Tracey Holmes. Are you a crime afi­cionado? Hear Baz Rad­burn and Melina Marchetta talk­ing about their crim­i­nal minds to crime writer Nigel Bartlett, or ABC jour­nal­ists Tony Jones and Michael Bris­senden telling John M Green why they’ve turned to writ­ing thrillers. If you love fic­tion, there is a wealth of ses­sions – from emerg­ing writ­ers to the lat­est books from Aus­tralian leg­end Tom Ke­neally, and es­tab­lished

nov­el­ist Kathryn Hey­man and Hugh Mackay. In­ti­mate ter­ror­ism looks at three nov­els where vi­o­lence takes place close to home. We mix fact and fic­tion – Spec­u­lat­ing on cli­mate change and Age­ing ses­sions use nov­els and non-fic­tion to lead into dis­cus­sion of those top­ics.

The time-poor might pre­fer shorter fic­tion. Fiona McFarlane takes part in a panel about her award win­ning short sto­ries with Is­abelle Li and Roanna Gon­salves and they all three read sto­ries around the camp­fire on Satur­day night.

If his­tory is your thing, you’re spoilt for choice. Caro­line Baum talks talks about be­ing an only child and Nikki Gem­mell re­flects on her mother’s life and death as well as talk­ing with Mark Tedeschi and Leah Kamin­sky about the end of life. Me­moirists Cassie Lane and Nick Glee­son talk about their lives. If you pre­fer lis­ten­ing to read­ing find out how the au­dio book be­came cool. Ber­nadette Bren­nan re­flects on the life and work of fact and fic­tion gen­re­cross­ing writer He­len Gar­ner.

For art lovers, Ge­orge Git­toes and Hellen Rose present a per­for­mance in St Al­bans Church and Se­bas­tian Smee re­veals de­tails of the friend­ships and ri­val­ries of four fa­mous sets of artists.

Have a night at the movies with Os­car-win­ning di­rec­tor Ge­orge Miller’s lat­est film Mad Max Fury Road with Ge­orge him­self in­tro­duc­ing the film and an­swer­ing your ques­tions at the end.

Eat de­li­cious food all week­end at the Sim­mone Logue cafe. Sim­mone also cooks for us on Fri­day when Tony Jones gives the open­ing fes­ti­val ad­dress and pre­pares a very spe­cial din­ner with the writ­ers on Satur­day night. Or try pub food with a dif­fer­ence at the Set­tlers Arms Inn on Satur­day night at the 1836 ban­quet which recre­ates what visi­tors may have eaten there in 1836.

There is some­thing for ev­ery­one this year – even read­ings for chil­dren – so come for the day or stay for the week­end. Check out www.stal­ban­swrit­ers­fes­ti­val.com for more de­tails and tick­ets.

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