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.

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 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:

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 for weekend ticket holders 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