Clunes Booktown Festival
Every year thousands of people descend on the picturesque north-west Victorian town of Clunes for its annual festival of books and ideas.
Over two days, Clunes Booktown Festival will delve into topics spanning modern politics and lifestyles, to feminist writing and footy, through an impressive program of author-led talks, workshops and panel discussions.
The festival attracts some of Australia’s best writers and thinkers; this year’s line-up includes CEO of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Kon Karapanagiotidis, editor of the Australian Book Review Peter Rose, Accidental Feminists author Jane Caro, journalist and writer George Megalogenis and many more.
The town’s main street becomes the biggest bookstore in the country, too, where visitors can browse rare and collectable books. Plus there’s live music, street performers, and local vendors offering food – including woodfired pizzas, paella, gozleme and veggie burgers – and wine. All only 90 minutes from Melbourne.