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

Monthly Chronicle - - Home & Living - 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 non­fic­tion to lead into dis­cus­sion of those top­ics.

Tom Ke­neally

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