ONE WEEKEND EACH year, the historic mining town of Clunes in country Victoria transforms into Booktown: a haven for book lovers. Author talks and workshops, 20 antiquarian and secondhand booksellers, small presses, dinners and general literary hullaballoo.
The next Clunes Booktown Festival is coming up soon, on 5 and 6 May, and this year we’ll be there too.
One of the key locations over the weekend will be Clunes Library, site of Children’s Booktown, and this year Wilkins Farago will be there, showing off our award-winning kids books, giving away a few freebies and generally having a great time. There are lots of activities for kids over the weekend, including a classic puppet show, cartooning and manga workshops, book illustration demonstrations, storytelling, face painting and balloon art.
You can see the full program for the weekend here.
If you haven’t been to the Clunes Booktown Festival, it’s well worth a trip (check out this brief video). But make sure you allow plenty of time—if you’re serious book fossickers like us, you may even need to book some overnight accommodation.
Oh, and here’s a map so you can find us: