Lots of literature to love in Clunes

As the page turns from April to May this weekend, Clunes Booktown will return, celebrating writing, reading, publishing, selling books and sharing knowledge.

The historic town’s annual literary festival will run from Saturday April 30 to Sunday May 1, closing Fraser Street for a large outdoor book bazaar and a series of book events for all ages.

Writers, authors, storytellers, poets, publishers and 50 specialized booksellers will flock to Clunes, as well as literacy enthusiasts, for exhibitions, presentations of authors, round tables, workshops, dedications, stands, shows street food, and of course, eclectic book sales.

After the challenges of the past 25 months, Clunes Booktown CEO Sue Beal said the 2022 festival will be hopeful with something for everyone.

“We want to give the wider community something comprehensive that the whole family can enjoy and enjoy, and we have everything from old books to academic writers to fun fiction,” she said.

Melbourne School of Discontent founders Jacqui Katona along with Gary Foley are part of Booktown’s opening panel discussion, and authors confirmed to be in attendance include ABC Radio Melbourne’s Jacinta Parsons, Jock Serong, JP Pomare, Eliza Hull, Don Watson, Sean O’Beirne, Chloe Hooper, Fiona Scott Norman and Arnold Zable.

There will be plenty of signing opportunities, workshops, a kids’ entertainment area, food and drink, and access to city shops.

Clunes Booktown is a ticketed COVID secure event. To visit clunesbooktown.com.au for more information and tickets.

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