For The Love of Books
Join the annual conversation during the first weekend of May in the regional town of Clunes.
Booktown on Sunday
Next Session – 25th October 2020
Chris Hammer is a leading Australian crime fiction novelist, author of international bestsellers Scrublands and Silver.
His new book, Trust, will be published in Australia and New Zealand in October 2020 and internationally from early 2021.
Before turning to fiction, Chris was a journalist for more than thirty years. He reported from more than 30 countries on six continents for SBS TV. In Canberra, roles included chief political correspondent for The Bulletin, senior writer for The Age and Online Political Editor for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.
Join Chris in conversation with Book Clubs Hub chair Leslie Falkiner-Rose.
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
September Booktown on Sunday
Authors Michael Earp, Nina Kenwood and Nova Weetman
Chair Angela Crocombe
Clunes Booktown celebrates Australia’s literary forces behind young adult fiction in Knowing Me & Meeting You, a special online conversation with authors Michael Earp, Nina Kenwood and Nova Weetman.
In this Clunes Booktown on Sunday event, three leading young adult fiction writers discuss coming out, coming-of-age, connections and stories of family, friends, lovers and strangers.
Award-winning author Nina Kenwood, who wrote the tender, funny and joyful debut novel It Sounded Better In My Head about longing, confusion, feeling left out and finding out what really matters will be joined by Nova Weetman. Known for her series, Choose Your Own Never After Weetman will discuss her latest novel, Sick Bay about a girl struggling with home life changes.
Chair of the popular #LoveOzYA committee, Michael Earp will delve into the growing group of passionate young adult fiction writers bringing his knowledge as the editor of Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories – a collection of stories from Australia’s finest writers from the LGBTQ+ community, exploring family, friends, lovers and strangers and the connections that form us.
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 September 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.