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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

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

For the love of book Clubs

May 29 & 30 Talk

Book Clubs Weekend Speakers

Lindy Cameron

Lindy is an independent publisher and author of the Kit O’Malley PI trilogy Blood Guilt, Bleeding Hearts and Thicker Than Water, as well as Golden Relic, Redback and Feedback. She is currently working on series of historical-adventure novellas. She’s also co-author (with her sister Fin J Ross) of the true crime collections Killer in the Family and Murder in the Family. Lindy is a founding member and current president of Sisters in Crime Australia, and the Publisher of Clan Destine Press.

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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

Angela Crocombe

Angela is the shop manager at Readings Kids. She is also the author of two books on sustainable living, A Lighter Footprint: A Practical Guide to Minimising your Impact on the Planet and Ethical Eating: How to Make Food Choices That Won’t Cost the Earth.

BOOK NOW!

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

Bill Collopy

Bill is a Melbourne-based author who has taught writing at Swinburne University and now works at CAE as Program Manager. His work has been published widely, including in Best Australian Stories, Overland, Dublin Quarterly and New England Review. As part of his role at CAE, he manages Australia’s largest book groups program.

BOOK NOW!

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

Leslie Falkiner-Rose

Leslie is a writer, digital content creator, former journalist, an author and a Director of Creative Clunes, which hosts the annual Booktown Festival. She is also on the festival programming committee and Chair of bookclubshub.com In her day jobs, Leslie focuses on strategic communications and collaborative educational, social and cultural change initiatives. She holds a Masters in Philanthropy and Social Investment and is on the Advisory Board of the Master of Social Impact at Swinburne University.

BOOK NOW!

Join us for the first national symposium to explore how book clubs connect us with ideas, books, and each other. On May 29 & 30 we will celebrate the power of book clubs; share stories and experiences; discuss the best ways to run different types of clubs; and look at how clubs interact with authors, libraries, the publishing industry, and local communities.

Emeritus Professor Richard Freadman

Richard is an international expert on biography and autobiography. He is the author of several books and has published articles about life writing in relation to illness and disability. He is working on a collection of biographical and autobiographical narratives entitled The Coming of Age at Peconic in which aging, memory and dementia feature as important themes. He volunteers for Baptcare where he co-runs dementia life story workshops.

BOOK NOW!

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

Heather Horrocks

Heather, senior citizen and book club member, had a career as a consultant on plain English and report writing. Now a queen-age crafter and nanna-technologist, she exhibits and collaborates on contemporary art installations. A life member of Footscray Community Arts Centre and recipient of a Ballarat Arts Foundation fellowship, she launched a solo exhibition in early 2020 titled ‘What’s Her Name’, exploring the place of women in art from a feminist perspective.

BOOK NOW!

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

Toni Jordan

Toni has worked as a molecular biologist, quality control chemist, TAB operator and door-to-door aluminium siding salesperson. Her debut novel, Addition, was long-listed for the Miles Franklin award, was a Richard and Judy book club pick and won the Indie Award for best first book. Nine Days was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards and was named in Kirkus Review’s top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Her most recent novel is the literary mystery The Fragments.

BOOK NOW!

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.

Pam Kershaw

Pam is a Melbourne-based writer who has worked for daily newspapers, trade publications, advertising agencies and in her own public relations company. Now semiretired, Pam collects books the way other people collect cars, shoes or wine. She’s been a member of four book clubs over the past two decades and for the past four years Pam has coordinated a neighbourhood book club in Collingwood, where six of the 11 members live on the same block.

BOOK NOW!

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

Shay Leighton

Shay is a community organizer who founded the Tough Guy Book Club in 2012, a men’s book club organisation that focuses on encouraging reading, building camaraderie, fighting isolation, and improving mental health. After pouring drinks for 20 years in some of Australia’s most notorious bars, Shay’s seen the best and worst of what Australian men can be, and knows that more than sometimes, someone to talk to is what people really need. With a growing network of over 40 book clubs in Australia, the US and recently the UK, Tough Guy Book Club has become a noticeable and distinctive addition to many pubs.

BOOK NOW!

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

Daizy Maan

Daizy currently heads up Deakin University’s start-up entrepreneurship initiative– SPARK Deakin for over 250 000 students and alumni. She co-founded Zana Consulting during her time in Tanzania, served as a delegate to the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance in Argentina and was selected as a delegate for the Australia India Youth Dialogue in 2019. She hosts The Daizy Project, a podcast with entrepreneurs, leaders and change-makers focusing on living a purposeful life, and is currently writing her first book.

BOOK NOW!

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

Kate Torney

Kate has been CEO at State Library Victoria since 2015. Prior to this, she spent six years as the Director of News at ABC, capping off a 20-year career there. Kate is the Chair of National and State Libraries Australia, and serves on the boards of Circus Oz, The Conversation and the Judith Neilson Institute of Journalism and Ideas. In 2020, she was awarded an Order of Australia for her services to broadcast media and to the cultural sector.

BOOK NOW!

Headline Act: Kate Torney, CEO, State Library of Victoria What libraries and book clubs can do for each other

Cora Trevarthen

Cora is a senior advisor and director. She contributed to both of Australia’s National Cultural Policy statements. She is a passionate advocate for regional and literary Australia.

BOOK NOW!

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

Maryanne Vagg

Maryanne has spent more than a decade working in senior cultural and public programming roles. She developed and delivered Literati, the Gold Coast’s first literary festival and worked with the Geelong Regional Library Corporation, to develop and expand a broad range of public programs. In 2014, she created Geelong’s first major literary festival, the Word for Word National Non-fiction Festival. Maryanne is currently the Coordinator of the Box Hill Community Arts Centre.

BOOK NOW!

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

Book Clubs Hub Weekend

Join us for the first national symposium to explore how book clubs connect us with ideas, books, and each other. On May 29 & 30 we will celebrate the power of book clubs; share stories and experiences; discuss the best ways to run different types of clubs; and look at how clubs interact with authors, libraries, the publishing industry, and local communities.

BOOK NOW!

Great conversations at

Skilling Up Weekend

COMING SOON!

15-16 MAY  POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 9-10, 2021

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 9 OCTOBER

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 10 OCTOBER

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.