A statement from the Clunes Booktown Festival Committee:

It is with deep regret that we’ve made the very sad decision to cancel the Clunes Booktown Festival for May 2020, in light of the developing situation with COVID-19.

Like most events of this nature, we start advertising and marketing the event, designing and printing collateral, booking acts and accommodation, along with hiring equipment and venues many months in advance, and each day that passes those expenses mount up. It would be irresponsible for us to allow that spend to continue without the firm knowledge that the event would take place.

We are very disappointed to make this announcement but we have a duty of care to staff, volunteers, traders, authors, artists and of course the general public.

All pre-purchased Festival and author talk tickets and site payments from our many booksellers and food vendors will be refunded.

We will be working in the background to bring you the Clunes Booktown Festival once everything has settled and it is safe to do so.

General enquiries to the Festival Office on 03 5345 3947 or

Media enquiries to Festival publicist Ali Webb on 0438 19 03 28 or