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Clunes Booktown presents a series of prolific author talks in this special reader-focused event filled with conversations running over two days. 

 

 

 

For emerging and experienced authors; the book is the central character across this weekend with workshops and expert panels on what goes on between the pages from creation, to pre-production and on to publication. 

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.

The 2021 Program

1-2 MAY 

Author Talks

ALL TICKETS $15

Celebrate books and the written word in this special Clunes Booktown weekend with a series of author talks, presentations, and some seriously good conversations.

SATURDAY 1 MAY

10.30am – 11.30am | FORMER FREE LENDING LIBRARY, 6 TEMPLETON STREET

In a Nutshell: The Art of the Short Story

Sean O’Beirne, Scot Gardner and Leah Swann share their insights into the unique craft of short story writing with Elizabeth McCarthy from Triple RRR

 

 

10.30am – 11.30am | CLUNES TOWN HALL 98 BAILEY STREET

Panel: Crime Does Pay: Murder, Mystery and Criminally Good Stories

Robert Gott, Garry Disher and Karina Kilmore reveal their crime writing secrets to Jane Sullivan.

 

12.00pm – 1.00pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL 98 BAILEY STREET

Stealing the Scene: Landscape as Character

The poetry of Margaret Hickey and prose of Rosalie Ham and JP Pomare resonate deeply within their settings. Join this insightful discussion with Robert Gott.

 

12.00pm – 1.00pm | FORMER FREE LENDING LIBRARY 6 TEMPLETON STREET

A Room Called Earth: A Celebration of Neurodiversity

Debut author Madeine Ryan talks to Andrew Fuller about the searingly honest moments of her brilliant new novel.

 

1.30pm – 2:30pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET

Telling Tales of Awful Truth

Adrian Tame and Derryn Hinch reminisce with Leslie Falkiner-Rose about the good, bad, and often hilarious days of gripping gossip, the Truth newspaper, tabloid TV and their resonance in news today.

 

1.30pm – 2:30pm | FORMER FREE LENDING LIBRARY, 6 TEMPLETON STREET

A Letter to Layla: Travels to our Deep Past and Near Future

Ramona Koval discusses the journey of her beautifully wrought latest release in conversation with Elizabeth McCarthy.

 

3.00pm – 4.00pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET

Crime Takes to the Back Roads: Interrogating Rural Noir 

Katherine Kovacic, Sandi Wallace, and Lyn Yeowart talk about why rural and remote communities are ideal settings for crime with Maggie Baron.

 

3.00pm – 4.00pm | FORMER FREE LENDING LIBRARY, 6 TEMPLETON STREET

Sprinter and Sprummer: Our Changing Seasons

Gardening expert Stephen Ryan (3CR), Director of Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Tim Entwisle and the Hungry Gardener Fabian Caponolla explore our response to the unique Australian climates and seasons and discuss what to plant and grow.

 

SUNDAY 2 MAY

10.30am – 11.30am | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET

The Recovery

Renowned thinkers and writers Ross Garnaut and Bill Bowtell explore the politics and economics of the COVID-19 pandemic. Who got it right and where to from here?

 

12.00pm – 1.00pm | FORMER FREE LENDING LIBRARY, 6 TEMPLETON STREET

Lapsed

Writer, columnist and social commentator, Monica Dux shares her frank attempt to exorcise her religious upbringing in conversation with Sue Lawson.

 

12.00pm – 1.00pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET

Stories from the Heart

Best-selling authors, Maya Linnell, Alli Sinclair and Fiona Lowe talk to Ramona Koval about their contemporary tales of love and loss that have struck a chord with readers of all ages.

 

1.30pm – 2.30pm | FORMER FREE LENDING LIBRARY, 6 TEMPLETON STREET

Fickle Fashion

Writer and historian Robyn Annear and author and ‘Modern Mender’ Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald will discuss the fickle nature of fashion and whether what goes around does or should come around again?

 

1.30pm – 2.30pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL ,98 BAILEY STREET

Culture is Life: A Celebration of the Diversity of our First Peoples.

Renowned Aboriginal photographer Wayne Quilliam will discuss his stunning new book in conversation with Sue Lawson.

15-16 MAY

Skilling Up Emerging and Experienced Authors

TICKET COSTS – see below

Dive deep into the creation of a book and discover what goes on between the pages. Listen to expert panels and take in workshops to understand what is needed before, during and after publication today.

SATURDAY 15 MAY

9.00am – 9.45am | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET – $15

Expert Panel: Current trends in our book industry

 

9.00am – 10.00am | FORMER FREE LENDING LIBRARY, 6 TEMPLETON STREET – $30

Workshop: The realities of preparing your work for publishers

Jen Hutchison

 

10.00am – 11.00am | ATTITUDE, 25 FRASER STREET – $30

How to do your own PR

Jules Brooke

 

10.15am – 11.00am | CLUNES TOWN HALL 98 BAILEY STREET – $15

Expert Panel: Looking Good – Book Design and Layout. What’s in a Cover?

 

10.30am – 11.30am | FORMER FREE LENDING LIBRARY, 6 TEMPLETON STREET – $15

Expert Panel: How Editors and Authors Work Best Together

 

10.00am – 11.00am | THE WAREHOUSE, 36 FRASER STREET – FREE

How Writers can Seek Funding

With Debby Marziarz 

 

11:15am – 4:00pm | THE WAREHOUSE, 36 FRASER STREET – $25

One-on-one (30mins) grant writing consultations

With Debby Marziarz 

11.30am – 12.15pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET – $15

Expert Panel: Effective Pitching to Publishers

 

12:00pm – 1:00pm | FORMER FREE LENDING LIBRARY, 6 TEMPLETON STREET – $30

Workshop: How to Publish Like a Pro

Print on demand workshop with Debbie Lee from Ingram Spark

12.30pm – 2.30pm | ATTITUDE, 25 FRASER STREET – $60

Workshop: Writing Crime

Lindy Cameron

12.45pm – 1.30pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET – $15

Expert Panel: The Meteoric Rise of Podcasts and Audiobooks

The Meteoric Rise of Podcasts and Audiobooks. Where do they fit in the life cycles of books? With Vikki Petraitis, Emily Webb and Bolinda/Borrow Box

1.30pm – 3.30pm | FORMER FREE LENDING LIBRARY 6 TEMPLETON STREET – $60

Workshop: Writing Romance

Anne Gracie

 

2.15pm – 3.15pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET – $15

Expert Panel: 

Getting It Out There – Printing, Distribution and Sales

 

3.00pm – 5.00pm | ATTITUDE, 25 FRASER STREET -– $60

Workshop: Writing Fantasy

Alison Goodman

 

3.30pm – 4.30pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET – $15

Expert Panel: Going It Alone or Going Rogue

Learning from the experiences of those who have tried and taken different publishing and promotion paths

 

4.00pm – 5.00pm | FORMER FREE LENDING LIBRARY, 6 TEMPLETON STREET – $30

What You Need to Create Audiobooks

Join Dave Stokes for an in-depth insigne into Audiobooks.

Audiobooks continue to outstrip sales growth for both paperbacks and eBooks, and have done so for the past few years. Why?

With the concurrent phenomenal growth in podcasting and audio social media (like Clubhouse), you gotta believe that there is a reason for it!

As this engaging workshop will illustrate, we talk and listen to learn and entertain.

Verbal communication goes way back prior the invention of written language and the printing press.

Let’s get that inner voice out of you!

SUNDAY 16 MAY

10.00am – 12.30pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET – $60

Expert Panel: Marketing Morning

  • Part 1: Building Your Book Marketing Strategy
  • Part 2: Implementing Your Book Marketing Tools. Choosing, Using, and Measuring Their Impact

 

10.00am – 12noon | ATTITUDE – $60

Workshop: Writing Memoir

Emeritus Professor Richard Freadman

 

10am – 12.00pm | FORMER FREE LENDING LIBRARY, 6 TEMPLETON STREET – $60

Workshop: Podcasting

With millions downloading their podcasts, Emily Webb from Australian True Crime and Vikki Petraitis from Casefile Presents The Vanishing of Vivienne Cameron are the veritable experts in making podcasts that top the charts around the world. If you are interested in how podcasts are made or want to develop and make your own, come along to their workshop. It will cover: craft, podcast communities, content creation, formatting, scripting, equipment, and podcast platforms. 

 

12.30pm – 2.30pm | FORMER FREE LENDING LIBRARY, 6 TEMPLETON STREET – $60 

Workshop: Writing for Young Adults

Ellie Marney

12.30pm – 2.30pm | ATTITUDE, 25 FRASER STREET – $60

Workshop: Writing History 

Join Professor Keir Reeves, who has written, edited and contributed chapters to numerous books, loves public history and heritage that bring our past alive, as he explains how to approach writing history.

Keir holds a chair in Australian History at Federation University is on the boards of Goldfields Tourism and the Museum of Chinese-Australian History.  

Expert Panel: Books and Partnerships for Your Business
1.00pm – 3.00pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET – $60

Learning from those who have successfully created, formed partnerships and marketed books that have boosted businesses. Join Alva, Rita Erlich and Vaughan Mossop in conversation with Leslie Falkiner-Rose.

29-30 MAY

Book Clubs’ Weekend

TICKETS FOR ALL SESSIONS

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 $150
Creative Clunes Members $135
Concession* $120 
*Concession Refers To Australian Pensioners And Healthcare Card, Carer Card, Full-Time Student Card And Australian Seniors Card Holders

SATURDAY 29 MAY

10.30am – 10.45am | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET

Setting the Scene

What do we know about book clubs here and overseas? Includes results of the first national book club survey

 

10.45am – 11.45am | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET

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

What works and what does not with running book clubs.

Chaired by Jennifer Hutchison, author and publisher

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

 

12pm – 12.45pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET

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

 

1.45pm – 2.15pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL 98 BAILEY STREET

Life in the Fast Lane

Sleuthing while speed dating with others in the audience, wrangled by Heather Horrocks of the Book Clubs Hub Steering Committee

 

2.15pm – 3pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET

Tales from the Trenches

Sharing stories found during the sleuthing. Hear about the weird, wonderful and huge range of experiences of book clubbers from around the country

 

3pm – 4.15pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET

Panel: Rare Books

A discussion on book clubs for those often less seen and heard

Chaired by Maryanne Vagg, reviewer, programmer and librarian

Panelists 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 startup program manager at Deakin University

 

5pm – 6.30pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET

The Remains of the Day

Drinks and nibbles to celebrate a day of conversations

SUNDAY 30 MAY

10am – 10.45am | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET

The Business of Book Clubs

Commercially run book clubs and their place in the book ecosystem

Maryanne Vagg, reviewer, programmer and librarian

Panelists: Angela Crocombe, manager of Readings Kids, and Bill Collopy, Manager, Council of Adult Education Book Club Operations

 

11.15am – 12 noon | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET

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

What libraries and book clubs can do for each other

 

12 noon – 12.30pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET

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

 

12.30pm – 2.30pm | TBA & $TBC Literary Lunch with Guest Speaker To be booked separately