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.

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Festival Info

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.

Booktown On Sundays

Clunes is a Booktown all year round and offers a FREE series of writer talks on the third Sunday of the month – Booktown on Sunday. The charming Goldfields village of Clunes is internationally recognised as a Booktown. It is a hub of ideas and the arts.

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.

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.


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.

When To Come

Join the conversation during the first weekend of May in Clunes.

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.

Welcome To Clunes!

Our Team

Bringing you Clunes Booktown Festival, Booktown On Sunday and The Clunes Ceramic Award

Richard Mackay-Scollay


Sharon Hughes

Arts Administrator

What People Say

Very best opinions

"Clunes was fantastic! Thank you for having me Clunes booktown. What a wonderful job the organisers & volunteers do"
Gabrielle Wang
"I think you run an absolutely fantastic festival. Every year it gets better and better. You give attention to every detail, the music this year was brilliant, the quality and position of the food stalls was great, even down to the public toilets that were kept clean all weekend. Well done Guys, great job"
Book Trader
"Extremely enjoyable weekend. Great collection of books for browsing and purchase. Many more book stalls and activities to participate in than I would have imagined"
Festival Visitor


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


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