After a brilliant post-covid remounting, the Clunes Booktown Festival returns in 2023 taking place in the historic township in regional Victoria on the last weekend of March (Sat 25 & Sun 26 March).
Clunes Booktown will be presented in a new format suited for the Autumnal weather with the major regional event running from dawn to dark over two days, encouraging book lovers to immerse themselves in Clunes from cover to cover.
Kadir Hussein, Chair of Booktown said the shift to an Autumn festival would provide a warmer environment for book lovers and collectors to wander the outdoor stalls and market places.
“It has been risky and brisky holding a book festival in May! We are thrilled to be moving Booktown to a warmer Clunes climate so we can all enjoy our love of printed publications, books and the highly sought-after collectable editions in a dryer and less chilling environment. With the festival now in March, we can save the chills and thrills for our popular rural noir sessions!” said Kadir.
Daytime and evening events will run alongside the spectacular book bazaar which takes over the main street of Clunes featuring an extraordinary range of new, second-hand, antiquarian, contemporary, rare and popular books 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, renowned authors, poets and wordsmiths, creating a wordly feast for weekend consumption!
Surrounding the talks, workshops and book signings and sales will be live entertainment, street performers, plenty of activities for families and kids, and a delectable offering of food and beverages from local providores and producers.
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.
The 2023 Clunes Booktown program will be announced in late 2022.
Clunes Booktown Festival will take place on Dja Dja Wurrung country on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March 2023. For further information visit www.clunesbooktown.com.au