Book Clubs Hub is Live!
Clunes Booktown is proud to announce the launch of our Book Clubs Hub.
BookClubsHub.com is a free online resource for all book clubs, where they can share knowledge, experiences, book lists, compelling stories and potentially strengthen connections with other groups, like authors.
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 Weekend $150
Creative Clunes Members Weekend $135
Concession* Weekend $120
Single Session Tickets $15
*Concession Refers To Australian Pensioners And Healthcare Card, Carer Card, Full-Time Student Card And Australian Seniors Card Holders
SATURDAY 29 MAY
10.30am – 11.45am | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET
Setting the Scene (15min intro) What do we know about book clubs here and overseas? Includes results of the first national book club survey, followed by:
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
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
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
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
A discussion on book clubs for those often less seen and heard
Chaired by Maryanne Vagg, reviewer, programmer and librarian
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 for weekend ticket holders to celebrate a day of conversations
SUNDAY 30 MAY
10am – 10.45am | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET
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
What libraries and book clubs can do for each other
12 noon – 12.30pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET
Where to from here? How can we best support and encourage book clubs around Australia?
12.30pm – 2.30pm | TBA & $TBC Literary Lunch with Guest Speaker To be booked separately