Clunes showcases books at festival

Clunes Booktown Festival 2022 draws near

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Clunes Booktown Festival will see the Victorian town turn into a literary delight with more than 50 book traders open, panel discussions and more. Photo supplied.

Clunes Booktown Festival will see the Victorian town turn into a literary delight with more than 50 book traders open, panel discussions and more. Photo supplied.

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The written word will be celebrated at a book festival in Victoria's Central Goldfields region.

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Storytelling through written word will be celebrated at the Clunes Booktown Festival later this month.

Held across the weekend beginning on April 30, the town's main street will turn into a book bazaar as more than 50 specialist book traders offer titles that are new and second-hand, antiquarian and contemporary. It also offers an opportunity to meet writers and storytellers, DIY and independent publishers and book club activists.

This year's program has a series of panels, opening with Jacqui Katona, Tony Birch and Gary Foley - founders of the Melbourne School of Discontent, a collective of Aboriginal and Islander academics, activists, artists, writers, poets and pests.

Other featured authors across the weekend will include Jock Serong, JP Pomare, Eliza Hull, Don Watson, Sean O'Beirne, Chloe Hooper, Fiona Scott Norman, Arnold Zable and Jacinta Parsons.

Surrounding the talks, workshops and book signings and sales will be live entertainment, street performers and an interactive kid's precinct.

Clunes Booktown Festival is a Covid-safe ticketed event.

Clunes is about 30 minutes north of Ballarat and is on Dja Dja Wurrung country.

Click here for tickets and information.

Tiny Towns Arts Trail

Clunes Booktown Festival will be preceded by the 2022 Tiny Towns Arts Trail, which showcases unique and eclectic art across 10 towns in the Central Goldfields region on the Anzac Day long weekend.

The trail will exhibit more than 30 galleries, studios and outdoor spaces throughout Clunes, Talbot, Maryborough, Adelaide Lead, Avoca, Dunolly, Bealiba, St Arnaud, Tarnagulla and Laanecoorie.

Artist and trail organiser, Tenar Dwyer, said: "Tiny Towns Arts Trail is an artist-run initiative developed to give regional artist the opportunity to network with each other and to exhibit their work publicly.

"Each year's trail is unique, and there's always something new and surprising to see. It's a perfect way for visitors to explore the region, and to experience the distinctive beauty of Central Victoria through the eyes of the many wonderful artists and creative entrepreneurs who live here."

Click here for more information.

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