We respectfully acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung people, traditional custodians of the land on which we celebrate the love of the book.

 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.

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    Thursday 22nd of Jul 2021
    Via ZOOM

Keith Banks, Gun To The Head

This is the true story of Keith Banks, one of Queensland’s most decorated police officers and his experience as a Tactical Operations Specialist Officer in the eighties. After Keith left deep undercover duty (as told in his bestselling first book – Drugs, Guns and Lies), he continued to seek the adrenaline and rush of the sharp end of policing.

Gun to the Head is a retelling of Keith’s high-risk operations as part of the Tactical Response Group, to his move into the shadowy world of Criminal Intelligence (where he spent years pursuing outlaw motorcycle gangs). Keith later changed to the Major Crime Squad, again searching for the rush and excitement he continually craved. But life in the fast lane takes a toll, and through Gun to the Head we see all that led to Keith’s years of suffering from PTSD.

Hosted by Creative Clunes.

Book Sales for this Authors Online event are via Readings or your local independent book store.

Supported by Hepburn Shire Council, Creative Victoria and Allen & Unwin

Ticket Sales for this event through Try Booking.

Clunes Book Traders


Huc & Gabet is a secondhand bookseller based in Clunes. A small independent business with over thirty years of retail experience. 60 Fraser Street, Clunes (down the drive of the house) Robin | 043744212


A community action program that aims to boost the town’s economic status and provide a secure environment for its residents selling books – new and old, touches of gold with jewellery, collectibles and giftware.


4 Service Street, Clunes Jon | 0459718192


Pop-Up Book Shop. 57 Fraser Street, Clunes James | 0412853410

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Life Cycle of The Book

the story of the book

Life Cycle of The Book
Short Stories

Creative Clunes has developed a project called the ‘Life Cycle of The Book’ where we produced some short films with stories and interviews around the book, from a germ of an idea to the end of the physical book’s life. Our aim is to promote our authors, publishers, libraries, book clubs and book sellers with this project, which is being supported by Creative Victoria.

Thank you to McPherson’s printing in Maryborough, the State Library of Victoria, Creswick Library, Readings Bookstores, Somekind Books, Pie Thief, Authors Vikki Petraitis and Emma Viskic, Bolinda audiobooks, Hardie Grant publishers and Westside Stories Book Club. 

Music: “The Book I’m Not Reading” by Patty Larkin c 1997 BMG Songs Inc/Lost Lake Arts/Lamartine Music (ASCAP).


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This promotional video for the Turn the Page celebration of books in May 2021 at Clunes, Victoria, Australia, features vision filmed for the Life Cycle of the Book series to be released by Creative Clunes in May 2021.

Author to Bookshop

What goes on behind the scenes between writing a book and then seeing it in bookstores? This video for the Turn the Page celebration of books in May 2021 at Clunes, Victoria, Australia

McPherson’s Printing

Step inside the extraordinary world of producing a book. Meet the book creators at McPherson’s Printing, legends of bookbinding and printing your favourite books, based in Maryborough, Victoria.

Hardie Grant

Take a look around one of Australia’s largest book publishers, Hardie Grant Publishing, and discover what goes on behind the scenes.

For The Month of May

Turn The Page Info

Turning the stereotype of rural towns on its head: from slow, dusty and dry to a hub of ideas and the arts.

Conversation and Ideas

This year Clunes Booktown Presents TURN THE PAGE, a month-long celebration of books and writing will continue The Clunes Booktown Festival vision of celebrating books and the great conversations and big ideas that come from them.

Stay Overnight

All visitors intending to stay overnight would be advised to book their accommodation early. We’ve made it easy with a list of suggested accommodation options.

Talks, Panels and workshops

Author talks, panel discussions and book signings, along with Skilling Up Emerging and Experienced Authors and the first national weekend for book clubs to be hosted in Australia.


All events are ticketed for your safety and will take place in COVID-safe environments. You must pre-book your ticket through Try Booking as there is be no ticket sales on the door.

The People of Clunes

Turn The Page will support our local community with two ticketed events in 2021. Each year, an army of local volunteers and a small team of staff, host the annual Clunes Booktown Festival. This year for our Turn The Page celebration we will welcome our local volunteers back to help run the month of celebrating the written word.


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We respectfully acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung people, traditional custodians of the land on which we celebrate the love of the book.

 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.

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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.

Author Talks Weekend (May 1-2)

Robyn Annear – Robyn is author of six books of history, including Bearbrass: Imagining Early Melbourne, winner of a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award in 1995. She has also written Nothing But Gold: The diggers of 1852, and more recently, Nothing New: A history of second-hand. As a curator, Robyn has explored aspects of Melbourne and Victoria’s history in several exhibitions. She is a past member of the Library Board of Victoria and was one of the State Library’s inaugural Creative Fellows.

Maggie Baron – Maggie was a state forensic scientist for six years and a former convener and inaugural President of Sisters in Crime. She has judged both the Scarlet Stiletto and the Davitt awards. She chairs panels for sisters in Crime, was a speaker at its 2018 Law Week event and guest speaker at the Ned Kelly Awards in August 2018. Maggie is working on her first crime fiction novel.

Bill Bowtell – Bill is one of Australia’s foremost health policy strategists. For over four decades, Bill has served in many roles at the intersection of health, development and politics in Australia and internationally. As senior adviser to the Australian health minister, he was an architect of Australia’s world-renowned response to the emergence of HIV/AIDS. From 2005, Bill led the advocacy organisation Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to increase funding and support for the Global Fund. Since early 2020, Bill has written, broadcast and tweeted extensively on the Australian and international response to the coronavirus pandemic.


Garry Disher – Garry has published over 50 highly praised and widely translated books in a range of genres: crime thrillers, literary/general novels, short-story collections, YA/children’s novels, and writers’ handbooks. An experienced mentor and creative writing teacher, he has also toured internationally where his crime and YA novels have appeared on best-books-of-the-year lists and won awards. His latest titles are a literary novel, Her, the ninth Wyatt thriller, Kill Shot, and Peace, follow the prize-winning crime novel, Bitter Wash Road.

Monica Dux – Monica is a writer, commentator, and a columnist for The Age. She was a founding board member of the Stella Prize, and the Feminist Writers Festival. Previously, Monica researched history at the University of Melbourne, worked at Melbourne University Publishing and on The Monthly magazine. She is the author of Lapsed, Things I Didn’t Expect (when I was expecting), co-author of The Great Feminist Denial, and editor of the anthology Mothermorphosis.

Tim Entwisle – Tim is a scientist, scientific communicator and botanic gardens director. He took up the role of Director and Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in 2013, and is an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Botany at The University of Melbourne. He is an expert in freshwater algae and has a broad interest in all plants and related life forms. In 2014 Tim published Sprinter and Sprummer: Australia’s Changing Seasons, challenging the use of the traditional four seasons in Australia. Tim blogs (TalkingPlants), tweets, and looks for any opportunity to promote science, plants and gardens.


Leslie Falkiner-Rose – Leslie is a writer, digital content creator, former journalist, an author and a Director of Creative Clunes, which hosts the annual Booktown Festival. She is also on the festival programming committee and Chair of In her day jobs, Leslie focuses on strategic communications and collaborative educational, social and cultural change initiatives. She holds a Masters in Philanthropy and Social Investment and is on the Advisory Board of the Master of Social Impact at Swinburne University. 

Andrew Fuller – As a clinical psychologist, Andrew works with many schools and communities in Australia and internationally, specialising in the wellbeing of young people and their families. He is a Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne. Andrew has been a principal consultant to the national drug prevention strategy REDI, is an Ambassador for Mind Matters and is a member of the National Coalition Against Bullying. He is the author of several titles including Tricky Kids and Beating Bullies.

Scot Gardner – Scot’s many books include Burning Eddy, which was short-listed for both the CBCA and NSW Premier’s Literary awards. He spends half the year writing and half the year on the road talking to mostly young people about his books and the craft of writing.

Ross Garnaut – Ross is the professorial research fellow in economics at the University of Melbourne. In 2008, he produced the Garnaut Climate Change Review for the Australian government. He is the author of many books, including the bestselling Dog Days, Superpower and Reset.

Robert Gott – Robert has published many books for children, and is also the creator of the newspaper cartoon The Adventures of Naked Man. He is the author of the William Power series of crime-caper novels set in 1940s Australia, which includes Good Murder and The Serpent’s Sting, and of the Murders series, including The Holiday Murders, and The Orchard Murders.

Rosalie Ham – Rosalie is the author of four books, including the bestselling novels The Year of the Farmerand The Dressmaker, now an award-winning film. She holds a master of arts in creative writing and teaches literature.

Margaret Hickey – Margaret’s work has been shortlisted and has won awards including the Grace Marion Emerging Writer’s prize and the Victorian Regional Writing prize. Her plays have been performed both in Australia and internationally.  Margaret holds a PhD in Creative writing, specialising in depictions of landscape in Australian literature. Her new novel, Cutters End will be published later this year.

Derryn Hinch – Derryn is a journalist, broadcaster, author and ex-crim. The former newspaper editor hosted the current affairs program HINCH TV after several years on Radio 3AW.  Derryn has been jailed twice, fined, and spent five months under house arrest for his campaigns against suppression orders for sex offenders. He launched Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party in 2016 and was elected as a federal senator for Victoria. He now writes and appears as a commentator for various media outlets.

Karina Kilmore – Karina is a writer and newspaper journalist with more than 30 years’ experience. Under the byline Karina Barrymore, she covered almost every major business scandal and financial event since the 1987 global share market crash and has written for both Australian and international publications. Her first novel, Where the Truth Lies, was shortlisted for the Unpublished Manuscript Award at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards in 2017. She is currently working on her second book.

Katherine Kovacic – Katherine is a Melbourne-based writer, art historian and former veterinarian. Her debut novel, The Portrait of Molly Dean, was shortlisted for the 2019 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, and is the first of three books in the Alex Clayton art mystery series. Her new ‘true crime novel’, The Schoolgirl Strangler, tells the shocking story of a serial killer targeting young girls in 1930s’ Melbourne.

Ramona Koval – Ramona is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and editor. She is an Honorary Fellow at the centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne. She presented Radio National’s Book Show for several years and has written for Australian print media and many international literary publications. She is the author of By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life. Her latest book of interviews is Speaking Volumes: Conversations with Remarkable Writers. Her most recent book is Bloodhound: Searching For My Father.

Sue Lawson – Sue is a former teacher and journalist, who spent nearly 20 years in radio. Her books, including Pan’s Whisper and Freedom Ride, are recognized for the sensitive way they explore the complexities of adolescence. Sue also writes with Boonwurrung Elder, Aunty Fay Muir, creating books that explore and celebrate Australia’s First Nations’ people and their rich culture and history. Aunty Fay and Sue’s books include Nganga and Respect.

Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald – Erin is the author and photographer of Modern Mending, and shopkeeper, copywriter and photographer at She has 20 years of journalism experience, most recently as editor of Slow magazine.

Maya Linnell – Maya found her feet in journalism before segueing into public relations and now fiction writing and blogging for Romance Writers Australia. Wildflower Ridge was her debut novel and gathers inspiration from her rural upbringing and the small communities she has always lived in and loved. Since then, Maya has written Bottlebrush Creek and her third novel, Magpie’s Bend, will be published in June 2021.

Fiona Lowe – Fiona has been a midwife, a sexual health counsellor and a family support worker; an ideal career for an author who writes novels about family and relationships. She spent her early years in Papua New Guinea, where without television, reading was the entertainment and it set up a lifelong love of books. A recipient of the USA RITA® award and the Australian RuBY award, Fiona’s books are set in small country towns and feature real people facing tough choices and explore how family ties impact on their decisions.

Elizabeth McCarthy – Elizabeth has worked as a producer and presenter in radio for 20 years. She produces the 3RRR Breakfast show and reviews books on 3RRR and ABC Radio Melbourne. In 2019 she was the convenor of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, and from 2013–2017 she anchored 3RRR’s books and writing show, Multi-Storied. She has previously worked as a music reviewer, and during 2000’s she was the drummer and co-lyricist for Melbourne swamp-rock band, The Muddy Spurs.

Sean O’Beirne – Sean is a bookseller and critic, after studying arts, law and acting. A Couple of Things Before the End is his first book.

J.P. Pomare – J.P. Pomare is an award-winning writer who has had work published in journals including Meanjin and Mascara Literary Review. He has hosted the On Writing podcast since 2015, featuring bestselling authors from around the globe. His first novel, Call Me Evie, won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel. This was followed by In The Clearing, and then Tell Me Lies, which was a #1 Audible bestseller.

Wayne Quilliam – Wayne is one of Australia’s pre-eminent Indigenous photographic artists, curators and cultural advisers. He has been awarded the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee’s Indigenous Artist of the Year, the Human Rights Media Award and the prestigious Walkley Award for photojournalism. Wayne has created and curated over 150 exhibitions throughout the world and been published in more than 1,000 magazines, books and newspapers. He is currently writing three children’s books, producing a coffee table book and developing a stage show bringing together Indigenous food, art and music. His work documents significant Indigenous events over the past 20 years, including the National Apology to the Stolen Generations and the 1967 Referendum anniversary.

Madeline Ryan – Madeleine is an Australian writer, director and author. Her articles and essays have appeared widely in both Australian and international publications. She is currently working on the screen adaptation of A Room Called Earth.

Stephen Ryan – Horticulturalist, author and broadcaster, Stephen started working in his father’s nursery at the age of ten and at the same time joined the Mt. Macedon Horticultural Society. By the age of 19 he was the president and still is to this day. A passionate plant collector, Stephen hosted ABC Television’s Gardening Australia for three years and he regularly broadcasts gardening programs and contributes articles on horticulture for magazines. He has published three books on rare plants, and he is currently writing a book on the development of his own garden. Stephen is the newly appointed Patron for the Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria.

Alli Sinclair – An adventurer at heart, Alli has lived in Argentina, Peru and Canada, climbed some of the world’s highest mountains, worked as a tour guide in South and Central America and has travelled the globe. She enjoys immersing herself in exotic destinations, cultures and languages and her books explore history, culture, love and grief, and relationships between family, friends and lovers.

Jane Sullivan – Jane is a Melbourne writer specialising in literary journalism. She has worked for The Age as a reporter, feature writer and editor of various sections, including the books pages. She won the inaugural Australian Human Rights Award for journalism. At present she writes ‘Turning Pages’, a Saturday column, and features about books and writing for The Age. She has written two novels, The White Star and  Little People. Her latest book is Storytime, about growing up with books.

Leah Swann – Leah is an award-winning fiction author, journalist and speechwriter. Her debut novel, Sheerwater, was published in 2020. She’s also the author of Irina: The Trilogy and Bearings, a collection of stories.

Adrian Tame – Adrian has worked as a writer, journalist and broadcaster in Australia and internationally. He worked for Truth newspaper for several years as a reporter and news editor. He is the author of The Matriarch, a biography of ‘Granny Evil’ Kathy Pettingill, Deadlier than the Male and co-author with F.P.J. Robotham, of Maralinga: British A-bomb, Australian Legacy.

Sandi Wallace – Sandi has written four rural noir thrillers in her Georgie Harvey and John Franklin series set in the Daylesford area – Tell Me Why, Dead Again, Into the Fog and Black Cloud. She won the 2015 Davitt Award Readers’ Choice for her debut novel, along with five prizes in Sisters in Crime’s Scarlet Stiletto Awards.

Lyn Yeowart – Lyn is a professional writer and editor with more than 25 years experience in writing and editing everything from captions for artworks to speeches for executives, along with poetry, fiction and non-fiction books, and textbooks. Lyn’s debut novel, The Silent Listener, is set in the dark, gothic heart of rural Australia and is loosely based on events from her childhood.


Maryanne Vagg – Maryanne has spent more than a decade working in senior cultural and public programming roles. She developed and delivered Literati, the Gold Coast’s first literary festival and worked with the Geelong Regional Library Corporation, to develop and expand a broad range of public programs. In 2014, she created Geelong’s first major literary festival, the Word for Word National Non-fiction Festival. Maryanne is currently the Coordinator of the Box Hill Community Arts Centre.