Creative Clunes

Clunes Booktown

Join Clunes Booktown Festival 2024 on 23-24 March: free entry, renowned authors, diverse panels, open-air book fair, and family fun.


Event Details



Event Starts

Mar 23, 2024 20:00

Event Ends

Mar 24, 2024 22:00

Add to Calendar 03/23/2024 12:00 AM 03/24/2024 12:00 AM Australia/Melbourne Clunes Booktown Join Clunes Booktown Festival 2024 on 23-24 March: free entry, renowned authors, diverse panels, open-air book fair, and family fun.

The Station, Clunes


Service St, Clunes VIC 3370

One of Australia’s best-loved regional literary events is back for 2024 with a stellar line-up of authors and musicians joining a huge open-air book fair on 23 and 24 March.

The historic hamlet of Clunes, 36km north of Ballarat, will transform into a booklovers’ paradise, with author panels debating the ethics of crime writing, the role of booze in Australian culture, how to write books that matter for young audiences, and whether journalism is serving our democracy.

Festival entry will be free for the first time, with open access to the iconic outdoor book bazaar of new, second-hand and rare volumes, free music in the park, and family activities.

Creative Clunes CEO Sue Beal has curated a program spanning history, romance, fantasy, poetry, self-publishing and journalism. The first events on sale include:

  • LET ME READ TO YOU: Seasoned storytellers Helen Garner, Jane Clifton and Wayne Macauley will weave their magic with Jacinta Parsons.

  • KILLING WOMEN, FACT AND FICTION: We all agree men should stop killing women. Is it also time for crime writers to move on from serial femicide? Storytellers Kerryn Mayne, Robyn Walton, Emily Webb and Carmel Bird will discuss, with Kate Driscoll adding a researcher’s lens.

  • BUILDING A CAREER: Three First Nations women – chef, restaurateur and author Nornie Bero, academic Crystal McKinnon, and actor and senior public servant Kylie Belling – will discuss achieving agency, self-worth and recognition in this place and time, with Tony Birch.

  • TELLING OUR STORIES: Nova Weetman (Love, Death and Other Scenes), Maxine Beneba Clarke (The Hate Race), Sam Drummond (Broke) and Sarah Myles (The Wolf Hour) will talk about transforming experience into story.

  • POLITICS, PLEASURE AND STIGMA – DRINKING IN AUSTRALIA: Historians Richard Gilbert and Alex Ettling will discuss the role of alcohol in our culture with sociologist Sarah MacLean.

  • COMING OF AGE: Miles Franklin winner Sofie Laguna, Sharon Postlewhite and Shivaun Plozza will discuss tales by and for those who will inherit our biggest challenges.

  • MAKING QUEER HISTORY: Michael Earp, Wayne Murdoch and Ange Bailey will discuss the value of records being collected, conserved, transmitted and controlled by the folk whose actions and memories informed those records, with Dennis Altman in the chair.

  • TALES OF LOVE: Sometimes love conquers all. Often it hurts. Steph Vizard, Carrie Tiffany and Lillian Lumley will talk about representing intimate relationships with Alicia Thompson.

  • WHAT MAKES A GOOD READ:  Alice Pung, Tony Birch and Joanna Murray-Smith have all written works on the Year 12 syllabus. How do we keep the next generation reading?

Victorian stories will take centre stage, with tales from the goldfields, a sneak peek into State Library Victoria’s work on conservation, collections and exhibitions, and great local food and wine available.      

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