The Clunes Booktown Festival returns in May, immersing the historic town of Clunes in a festival of the book filled with ideas and arts. The weekend sees the entire main street of Clunes become Australia’s largest book shop. Festival-goers will be able to browse rare and collectible books, go inside heritage buildings, listen to live music while sampling local food and wine, watch street performers, visit exhibitions and immerse themselves in stories. The popular two-day event will also feature a series of panel discussions, Q and A style talks and literary lunches with leading Australian authors.

General view of the Fraser Street Book Bazaar at the 2017 Clunes Booktown Festival. Photograph by Chris Hopkins

Tim Nolan, Chair of Creative Clunes, said the special annual event is all about celebrating books and great conversations. “This year we are thrilled to be hosting the International Organisation of Booktowns Biannual Conference and to be celebrating eleven years of the Clunes Booktown Festival. Not only does this festival celebrate the love of books and everything about them, but it also shines a light on regional Victoria generally and specifically on Clunes a small country town renowned across the globe as a hub of ideas and the arts,” said Mr Nolan.

The must-see, must-hear line up of guest authors and writers include Emma Viskic (Resurrection Bay); David Ritter (Greenpeace CEO and author of The Coal Truth: The Fight to Stop Adani), Josephine Wilson (winner of the Miles Franklin Award) and many more.

Located approximately 90 minutes from Melbourne by car, Clunes is a member of the International Organisation of Booktowns, the only one in Australia. A Booktown is a small, regional, community-focused town with a concentration of booksellers – mainly secondhand or antiquarian bookshops.

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