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'For The Love of Books'
Creative Clunes is a not-for-profit incorporated organisation that produces a flagship event, the annual Clunes Booktown Festival, among other projects and artistic programs. It is included in the Australian Register of Cultural Organisations.
We have a board of management meeting monthly.
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Clunes Booktown Festival
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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 booktraders 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.
In April 2012 Clunes gained International Organisation of Booktowns membership, becoming the 15th International Booktown and the only booktown in Australia.
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A Parent Organisation
Creative Clunes is the parent organisation behind:
- The annual Clunes Booktown Festival in May
- Booktown On Sunday series of Author’s Talks
- Book Clubs Hub; a free platform for book clubs to share knowledge
- Authors Online
- Life Cycle of The Book
- The publication of The Clunes Little Book of the Book
- 2018 Host of the International Organisation of Booktowns Conference
- Sponsors regular author promotions, book launches and writing workshops
- The Biannual Clunes Ceramic Award
We Are a Not-For-Profit Organisation
We do it for the love of Books
Creative Clunes Inc is made up of a small staff and a board of expertise
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Clunes Ceramic Award
The Clunes Ceramic Award is an initiative of Creative Clunes Inc. and is in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum. To see work from past Award winners and shortlisted artist follow the link below.
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.
There are many Booktowns recognised over the world. A book town can be identified as a place where second-hand and antiquarian bookshops are concentrated as well as being known for sustainable rural development and tourism. The International Booktown model is being followed in many countries around the world. More information can be found at the link below.