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Clunes Booktown Festival

Over sixty booksellers from all over Australia, alongside exhibitions, performances and kids activities, plus Author Talks and Panel Discussions

Current Events

Past Events

  • BOOK CLUBS FRIDAY SYMPOSIUM
    Join us for Book Clubs Friday – the first national symposium to explore how book clubs connect us with ideas, books and each other. On May 1 we will celebrate the power of book clubs; share stories and experiences; discuss the best ways to run different types of clubs; and look at how clubs interact with authors, libraries, the publishing industry and local communities. Book Clubs Friday tickets include morning and afternoon tea, lunch, parking and Booktown Festival Weekend entrance
    Clunes Football Netball Club, Clunes, Victoria
  • WEEKEND PASS
    Access both days of the weekend for all book-browsing, exhibitions, music performances, kids activities and free talks. Under 16 and locals are free!
    Clunes Township, Victoria
  • Saturday 2 May 2020
    Is short always better? Australian authors Leah Swann and Sean O’Beirne are joined by Canada’s Lis de Nikolits discussing the short form, its brevity and breadth. Chaired by Liz McCarthy RRR
    Clunes Town Hall
  • Saturday 2 May 2020
    Join two of Australia’s leading crime writers, Robert Gott & Garry Disher, talking about their books, their criminals and the good guys that catch them. Chaired by Jane Sullivan
    Clunes Thomas Aquinas Church
  • Saturday 2 May 2020
    The ancient art of fermenting is finding new popularity again as modern science and trends discover the importance of gut health for overall wellbeing. Join us for a presentation with Sharon Flynn, the founder of the award winning, fermented food and drinks company, The Fermentary. Chaired by Jeo Rubbo Presented by Readings
    Clunes Free Lending Library
  • Saturday 2 May 2020
    Power of the People: Book Clubs on Authors, Authors on Book Clubs, and Book Clubs about Themselves. What’s the value of the thousands of Australian book clubs? Is their word of mouth more important than professional reviews? What can authors and book clubs learn from each other? Also, key takeaways from Book Clubs Friday — the first national symposium on book clubs held on May 1 in Clunes. Audience and panel discussion led by Leslie Falkiner-Rose
    Clunes Town Hall
  • Saturday 2 May 2020
    Now in his late-eighties, and listed by the National Trust as a ‘Living Treasure’, Geoffrey Blainey reflects on his humble beginnings as the son of a Methodist Minister and school teacher, one of five children, and a carefree childhood spent in rural Victoria, from Terang to Leongatha, Geelong to Ballarat. Join us for an unforgettable discussion on History, Writing and Books. We present Geoffrey Blainey in conversation with Prof. Keir Reeves
    Clunes Thomas Aquinas Church
  • Saturday 2 May 2020
    Professor Christina Twomey joins Chris Flynn to talk about the practicalities and pitfalls of book reviewing. Chaired by Peter Rose Presented by ABR
    Clunes Free Lending Library
  • Saturday 2 May 2020
    Don Watson's books, articles and essays have been widely acclaimed. His bestselling titles include Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: Paul Keating Prime Minister, which won the Age Book of the Year and Non-Fiction Prizes, the Brisbane Courier Mail Book of the Year, the National Biography Award and the Australian Literary Studies Association's Book of the Year. Join Don in conversation with critic Sean O'Brirne.
    Clunes Town Hall
  • Saturday 2 May 2020
    Eminent economist and climate change expert Ross Garnaut discusses emission reduction, low carbon opportunities with environmental scientist Paul Hardisty. Chaired by Mark Ogge
    Clunes Thomas Aquinas Church
  • Saturday 2 May 2020
    Coming out, coming-of-age, connections and stories of family, friends, lovers and strangers with Michael Earp, Nina Kenwood and Alison Evans Chaired by Hilary Harper (ABC Life Matters)
    Clunes Free Lending Library
  • Saturday 2 May 2020
    Sally Rugg is an LGBTIQ rights activist, writer and public speaker. She is Executive Director at political activist group change.org, and was previously Campaign Director at GetUp where she lead the campaign for marriage equality for five years. Join Sally in conversation with Chloe Hooper
    Clunes Town Hall
  • Saturday 2 May 2020
    A warm, moving and revealing collection of stories and memories about Bob Hawke from across the nation, edited by his eldest daughter Sue Pieters-Hawke. Chaired by Catherine King MP
    Clunes Thomas Aquinas Church
  • Saturday 2 May 2020
    Historical Fiction Judy Nunn in conversation with Bruce Venables Chaired by Kerrie O’Brien
    Clunes Free Lending Library
  • Saturday 2 May 2020
    Celebrating Women’s Crime Writing Since 1991, join Sisters in Crime Leah Swann & Anna George for a talk about how the passions surrounding motherhood can range from deep love, self-sacrifice and intense protectiveness to murderous rage – and why it has been such a fertile (and deadly) theme for crime fiction. Chaired by Anne Buist Presented by White Ribbon Ballarat
    Clunes Town Hall
  • Sunday 3 May 2020
    Creating Characters with Leigh Hobbs. Leigh Hobbs is an artist and author best known for his children’s book characters Old Tom, Horrible Harriet, Mr Chicken and Mr Badger. This is a free event but space is limited so booking is advised to avoid disappointment
    Esmond Gallery - Clunes Warehouse
  • Sunday 3 May 2020
    On the day that became known as Black Saturday, one man deliberately lit two fires near the small town of Churchill, Gippsland, then sat on the roof of his house and watched the flames. The Arsonist, by the acclaimed author of The Tall Man, is the story of that man, the fire he lit, and the people who were killed. Join author Chloe Hooper in conversation with Caleb Cluff Presented by the Ballarat Courier
    Clunes Thomas Aquinas Church
  • Sunday 3 May 2020
    Sunburnt Country – Regenerative Farming. 200 years of clearing and mechanisation has had a serious impact on Australia's agricultural land. Regenerative agriculture practitioners seek to repair that through agricultural practices. Join us for a topical panel discussion with Charles Massy and David Pollock. Chaired by Chris Pollock
    Clunes Free Lending Library
  • Sunday 3 May 2020
    Garry Disher has published fifty titles across multiple genres. His last standalone novel, Bitter Wash Road, won the 2016 German Crime Prize, a prize he has previously won twice. In 2018 he received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award. Join Garry Disher in conversation with Andrew Masterson.
    Clunes Town Hall
  • Sunday 3 May 2020
    Drawing Stories with Leigh Hobbs. Leigh Hobbs is an artist and author best known for his children’s book characters Old Tom, Horrible Harriet, Mr Chicken and Mr Badger. This is a free event but space is limited so booking is advised to avoid disappointment
    Esmond Gallery - Clunes Warehouse
  • Sunday 3 May 2020
    All the Ways to Write the Truth with Sean O’Beirne (A Couple of Things Before the End: Stories) Chris Flynn (Mammoth) and Bruce Venables (Eureka Run) Chaired by Jane Sullivan
    Clunes Thomas Aquinas Church
  • Sunday 3 May 2020
    In pursuit of an already self-isolating career is the rural writer further disadvantaged? Panel Discussion with Kirsten Alexander (Riptides), Maya Linnell (Wildflower Ridge), J P Pomare (In the Clearing) Chaired by Robert Gott
    Clunes Town Hall
  • Sunday 3 May 2020
    Join award winning children's and YA author, Nova Weetman for a fun and informative workshop on Kids Writing Workshop. (9-14 year olds)
    Clunes Free Lending Library
  • Sunday 3 May 2020
    Andy Griffiths Climbs A Tree - Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors. He and illustrator Terry Denton have collaborated on more than 30 bestselling books since their first title, Just Tricking, was published in 1997. Their much-loved Treehouse Series has been embraced by children around the world and is now published in more than 35 countries. This is a free event but space is limited so booking is advised to avoid disappointment
    Esmond Gallery - Clunes Warehouse
  • Sunday 3 May 2020
    Growing It - Sprinter and Sprummer. Spring starts on the first day of September, right? Not if Dr Tim Entwisle, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and the author of 'Sprinter and Sprummer', has anything to do with it. Here he argues we should scrap the European approach and adopt a five season model. Join Tim Entwisle in conversation with Angus Stewart.
    Clunes Thomas Aquinas Church
  • Sunday 3 May 2020
    When it comes to fashion, we didn’t always have a fetish for newness. Join historian Robyn Annear and mending advocate and author of Modern Mending, Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald for an afternoon of fickle fashion! Chaired by Chris Gordon Presented by Readings
    Clunes Free Lending Library
  • Sunday 3 May 2020
    Jane Sullivan is a Melbourne-based writer specialising in literary journalism. She has worked for The Age as a reporter, feature writer and editor. Jane won the inaugural Australian Human Rights Award for journalism. Join Jane in conversation with Tess Brady.
    Clunes Town Hall
  • Sunday 3 May 2020
    Writing for Children (A Panel for Grown-ups) with Leigh Hobbs, Andy Griffiths, Ann James. Chaired by Dan Nixon Presented by Melbourne Young Writers’ Studio
    Clunes Thomas Aquinas Church
  • LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP
    Benefits of your lifetime membership are - funding to support our Literacy in Schools program & Booktown on Sunday - 10% discount on all ticketed Booktown events - 10% discount on all books purchased at Booktown on Sunday - invitations to the annual Booktown welcoming event & post Booktown Party - acknowledgement by name in the annual Booktown program
    Clunes Township, Victoria
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