for 2021

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

Turn the Page

Turn the Page this May with a new month-long celebration of the book filled with author talks, presentations and thought-provoking conversations in the beloved historic Victorian township of Clunes this May.


Across the month of May, we will be hosting three major, themed weekends of ticketed programs

Turn the page

  • 29-30 MayFor The Love Of Book Clubs – This is the first national weekend for book clubs with opportunities for members to meet other clubs, discover tactics and programs around building and boosting their own book-loving community.



  • 15-16 May Postponed to October 9-10, 2021 Skilling Up; for Emerging and Experienced Authors – A weekend of building writers’ skills with talks in the Clunes Town Hall and highly participatory workshops in other venues. These will cover many aspects of book creation and the book industry.

29-30 MAY

Book Clubs’ Weekend


Join us on the first national weekend for book clubs and their fans. Meet other book club members and discover different tactics, opportunities and conversations around building and boosting your book-loving community.

Standard Weekend $150
Creative Clunes Members Weekend $135
Concession* Weekend $120

Single Session Tickets $15 
*Concession Refers To Australian Pensioners And Healthcare Card, Carer Card, Full-Time Student Card And Australian Seniors Card Holders


10.30am – 11.35am | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET

Setting the Scene (15min intro) Book Clubs Hub com is running the first national survey. Hear what more than 400 Book Clubs around Australia are doing – who are they, where are they and what are they reading, and many other questions. What do we know about book clubs here and overseas? Includes results of the first national book club survey, followed by:

Panel: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Book Clubs

Book Clubs each have their own personality and with that comes myriad positive and negative challenges. Hear from those with long standing book club experience. The aim of this amazing talk is for you to come away with great tips on how to set up, run and/or market your book club better. Please come prepared with your juicy questions for the panellists.

Chaired by Jennifer Hutchison, author and publisher

Panelists: Pam Kershaw, book club veteran, and Shay Leighton, founder and director, Tough Guy Book Club.

11.40 – 11.55pm | SUPPER ROOM, 98 BAILEY STREET

Join us for morning tea in the historic Supper Room of the Town Hall.


Connecting Authors and Book Clubs

Learn about how book clubs and authors can connect more for mutual benefit in a discussion led by Toni Jordan novelist, with Vikki Petraitis, true crime author and successful podcaster, and Lindy Cameron, author and independent publisher, Clan Destine Books.

Book Clubs Hub has already set up a searchable author register where book clubs can seek out authors that are happy to meet with them in person or online. This talk will explore what more can be done – all good ideas most welcome.

12.45pm – 1.45pm | CLUNES TOWNSHIP

Lunch break to explore and enjoy the local eateries of Clunes. 


Life in the Fast Lane

Book Clubber Heather Horrocks, part of our Book Clubs Hub Steering Group, will wrangle those in the room so they can quickly learn about each other and then share the stories discovered as Tale From The Trenches……

Tales From The Trenches

Hear about the weird, wonderful and heart-warming range of experiences of book clubbers from around the country. 


3.00pm – 3.20pm | SUPPER ROOM, 98 BAILEY STREET

Afternoon Tea in the historic Supper Room of the Town Hall.


3:30pm – 4.30pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET

Panel: Rare Books

Rare Books – Together is better

One of our aims is to think about how Book Clubs can help bring culturally diverse communities together. In this panel you will hear about working with older Australians, why there was a need to set a book club for south Asian women and how the vision impaired benefit from Book Club membership. Be inspired by our panellist stories, which include:

Richard Freadman, Emeritus Professor of English at La Trobe University and Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University specialising in life writing in health care settings

Daizy Maan, founder of Bold Punjab and start-up program manager at Deakin University

Sarah Bloedorn manager of Vision Australia Library. 

Nathalie Jones,  founding member of the Guide Dogs Victoria Ballarat Book Club. 

Chaired by Maryanne Vagg, reviewer, programmer and librarian


The Remains of the Day

Drinks and nibbles for weekend ticket holders to celebrate a day of conversations.



The Business of Book Clubs

While most Book Clubs organise themselves, there are still many organised for them. Hear about the experiences of the Council for Adult Education, which started it’s book club to address isolation on solider settlements after World War II and now has thousands of members. Booktown partner, Readings, has run books club for many years out of its book stores and have a wealth of knowledge to share on running Book Clubs.

Maryanne Vagg, reviewer, programmer and librarian, who also established an online Book Club on the Gold Coast, will be joined by  Angela Crocombe, manager of Readings Kids, and Bill Collopy, Manager, Council for Adult Education Book Club Operations.


10:45am – 11:15am | SUPPER ROOM, 98 BAILEY STREET

Join us for morning tea in the historic Supper Room of the Town Hall.


11.15am – 12:30 pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET

Headline Act: Kate Torney, CEO, State Library of Victoria

Many Book Clubs are run out of libraries. How does that benefit both the libraries and the readers? State Library of Victoria CEO, Kate Torrney, will address this question through her Key Note Speech, followed by an audience Q+A. 

Leading us into: The Book of Tomorrow

Where to from here? How can we best support and encourage book clubs around Australia?

Audience Discussion led by Cora Trevarthen, member of the Book Clubs Hub Committee.

12.45 pm – 2.30pm | Literary Lunch Locally in Clunes with Guest Speaker TO BE ANNOUNCED; WATCH THIS SPACE!


For the love of book Clubs

May 29 & 30

Book Clubs Weekend Speakers

Book Clubs Hub Weekend

Join us for the first national symposium to explore how book clubs connect us with ideas, books, and each other. On May 29 & 30 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.


More Info

Turn The Page Speaker Bios

First & Fifth Weekend in May

Turn The Page Traders

Our local book traders will be opening over the weekend


A small pop-up shop upstairs in The Warehouse, 36 Fraser Street, Clunes Authors signings for most speakers will occur at The Warehouse after each session.


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


Pop-up stall outside the Museum on 36 Fraser Street, Clunes for 1-2 May, selling Museum publications and merchandise | (03) 5345 3592


4 Service Street, Clunes Jon | 0459718192


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


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.

Watch now!

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).


Play Video
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.