For The Love of Books
Join the annual conversation during the first weekend of May in the regional town of Clunes.
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
August Booktown on Sunday
In this online session of Booktown on Sunday, Keith Banks, author of the Drugs, Guns and Lies released in July 2020, provides a candid picture of life in the police force from 1975. The wide-ranging discussion includes the challenges of working undercover, dealing with PTSD and who could be trusted when there were corrupt police in Queensland who were later exposed in the Fitzgerald Inquiry.
The interviewer is Leslie Falkiner-Rose, from the Board of Creative Clunes, which runs the Clunes Booktown Festival in May each year. Questions are asked by Creative Clunes Treasurer, Chris O’Donnell.
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 August Session. Enjoy!
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.
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
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
Conversation, Ideas and Art
Workshops, Entertainment and Food
The People of Booktown
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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.
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.