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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Booktown on Sunday

Next Session – 25th October 2020

Chris Hammer is a leading Australian crime fiction novelist, author of international bestsellers Scrublands and Silver.

His new book, Trust, will be published in Australia and New Zealand in October 2020 and internationally from early 2021.

Before turning to fiction, Chris was a journalist for more than thirty years. He reported from more than 30 countries on six continents for SBS TV. In Canberra, roles included chief political correspondent for The Bulletin, senior writer for The Age and Online Political Editor for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Join Chris in conversation with Book Clubs Hub chair Leslie Falkiner-Rose.

Sundays Booktown online

How It Works​

  • Book free tickets
  • 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   

September Booktown on Sunday

Authors Michael Earp, Nina Kenwood and Nova Weetman

Chair Angela Crocombe

Clunes Booktown celebrates Australia’s literary forces behind young adult fiction in Knowing Me & Meeting You, a special online conversation with authors Michael EarpNina Kenwood and Nova Weetman.

In this Clunes Booktown on Sunday event, three leading young adult fiction writers discuss coming out, coming-of-age, connections and stories of family, friends, lovers and strangers.

Award-winning author Nina Kenwood, who wrote the tender, funny and joyful debut novel It Sounded Better In My Head about longing, confusion, feeling left out and finding out what really matters will be joined by Nova Weetman. Known for her series, Choose Your Own Never After Weetman will discuss her latest novel, Sick Bay about a girl struggling with home life changes.

Chair of the popular #LoveOzYA committee, Michael Earp will delve into the growing group of passionate young adult fiction writers bringing his knowledge as the editor of Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories – a collection of stories from Australia’s finest writers from the LGBTQ+ community, exploring family, friends, lovers and strangers and the connections that form us.

These sessions are free to watch but not to produce – please consider donating – thank you!

Click on the image on your right to play the Booktown on Sunday September Session. Enjoy

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Book Clubs Hub is Live!

Booktown has built a Book Clubs Hub as an online space for all book clubs across the country to share stories, knowledge, resources and to connect with authors. To find out more click here.

In a book club? Please help us to find out much more about the reach and operations of Australia’s thousands of book clubs by participating in our National Book Club Survey (it only takes 10 minutes).

The first national symposium on books clubs, Book Clubs Friday, originally scheduled for 1 May 2020 in Clunes, Victoria, will be held when possible.

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.

The first weekend in May

Festival Info

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

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: from slow, dusty and dry to a hub of ideas and the arts.

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.

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We respectfully acknowledge the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung people – traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.

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.