The Clunes Booktown Festival


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From Our 2022 Festival

Book Are Awesome by Pauline O'Shannessy-Dowling

It’s hard to imagine a better time or place to unearth that book that’s been itching at the back of your mind for the last two years.  On 30 April and 1 May, the May Day weekend, the Clunes Booktown Festival returns.  For two days, the historic main street of our beautiful township will transform, once again, into a spectacular book bazaar. Over fifty specialist book traders will offer an extraordinary range – new and second-hand, antiquarian and contemporary, rare and popular – covering every imaginable topic and theme.

Clunes Booktown celebrates every aspect of the book – not just writing and reading but making, publishing, retailing, and sharing. Along with the wares on display, you’ll find conversations with writers and storytellers (many with their latest book hot off the press), DIY and independent publishers, book club activists plus a range of panel conversations that connect the book to many of the issues of the day.

The opening panel of this year’s festival features the founders of the Melbourne School of Discontent – Jacqui Katona, Tony Birch and Gary Foley – a line-up sure to get things firing.  Authors featured include Jock Serong, JP Pomare, Eliza Hull, Don Watson, Sean O’Beirne, Chloe Hooper, Fiona Scott Norman, Arnold Zable, Jacinta Parsons and more!

And that’s just for starters- surrounding the talks, workshops and book signings and sales will be live entertainment, street performers, an interactive kid’s precinct, and program and of course plenty of food and drink from the stalls and shops of local providores.

Clunes is about thirty minutes north of Ballarat and a shade under two hours from Melbourne by car or comfortable train ride and is the perfect site from which to explore Dja Dja Wurrung country and the goldfields.

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