Clunes Booktown Festival returns on the first weekend of May with a series of renowned authors and guest speakers joining the historic country town in north-west Victoria for a festival of the book filled with ideas and arts.
Australians simply can’t get enough of true crime stories, especially with the increase in podcast listenership in the crime genre. This year, festival organisers have taken the hot topics from what is trending on social media and podcasts to create curated discussions with leading authors and experts.
Topics covered at this year’s Clunes Booktown Festival include: Do the Best Crime Stories take place in Fictional Worlds?; Are We Reading to Escape, or Face, Reality?; Writing for the Millennial Mind; New Voices and Smart New Writing; and Travelling to Places Where We Connect.
Delving into trending topics such as our current political climate, slowing down at home, and modern day feminism, this year’s Festival promises intriguing tales and talks to open your mind.
The popular two day festival will feature a series of panel discussions with some of the nation’s favourite authors who have captured our hearts and minds with their new publications.
The Festival features Australia’s largest book shop, with the whole of the main street given over to bookstores, with festival-goers 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.
Located approximately 90 minutes from Melbourne by car, the small country town of 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.
Each year Clunes Booktown Festival attracts over 15,000 people across the two day event to the historical town, tempting book lovers with its sensational line-up of speakers and enticing weekend explorers with its culinary delights and surprises.
Clunes Booktown Festival is on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May at Clunes, Victoria. Tickets are $10 from clunesbooktown.com.au.