We respectfully acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung people, traditional custodians of the land on which we celebrate our love of stories through books.

 Creative Clunes pays respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of lands and waters across the Kulin nation and Australia and we recognise that Indigenous sovereignty has never been ceded.

For The Love of Books

Join the annual conversation during the first weekend of May in the regional town of Clunes.

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Great conversations at

Life Cycle of The Book

Writing & Editing

online Expert Panel

How It Works​

  • Book tickets through Try Booking 
  • You will receive an email (and a reminder email) with a link to the session
  • Once the session starts you can watch our chair and author in conversation
  • Recordings will be made available to session attendees only. 

Since 2007

Clunes Booktown

In 2007 the first Booktown (Booktown for a Day) was held attracting over 6,000 visitors. Since then a two day festival, Clunes Booktown Festival has been held annually in May. Over 60 Book Traders from around Australia bring stock to the town and set up shop for the weekend. Street entertainment, food and wine, music and writer’s talks add to the festivities.

April 30 - May 1 2022

Festival Info

Turning the stereotype of rural towns on its head.

Talk, Panels and Rare Books

Along with author talks and panel discussions, festival-goers can discover the largest collection of rare, out-of-print and collectible books in Australia, go inside heritage buildings, listen to live music, watch street performers, enjoy local wines and produce while meeting and interacting with literature lovers from far and wide.


Ticket releases will be announced via our email newsletter (sign up above). Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest news and festival updates.

Conversation, Ideas and Art

The Clunes Booktown Festival is all about celebrating books and the great conversations and big ideas that come from them. The Festival is turning the stereotype of rural towns on its head.

Stay Overnight

We strongly advise all guests intending to stay overnight to book their accommodation early. We’ve made it easy with a list of suggested accommodation options.

Workshops, Entertainment and Food

Author talks, workshops, live entertainment, a kids village, and good food.

The People of Booktown

Each year, an army of local volunteers and a small team of staff, host the annual Clunes Booktown Festival, which attracts 15,000 people to enjoy the most amazing whole town bookshop in the world.


Watch speakers from our Turn The Page Weekend in May 2021

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Thanks To


Creative Clunes Inc, the producers of the Clunes Booktown Festival, Booktown on Sunday, Book Clubs Hub  and the Clunes Ceramic Award, is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.