Clunes Booktown Festival Information
Event Dates: Saturday 3rd of May 2014 to Sunday 4th of May 2014
Australia's only International Booktown hosts the Clunes Booktown Festival over the weekend of 3-4 May 2014.
What better way to celebrate books than to browse the more than 50 book shops and stalls that transform the township of Clunes each May. The concentration of books - new, second-hand, collectable and out-of-print across all genres - surpasses any capital city in Australia. Nowhere else can you find so many book traders within a square kilometre than over the Festival weekend.
A highlight this year is Biblio - the Book Artists expo. Nine national and international artists lead by renowned book artist Nicholas Jones will show examples of the book as contemporary art. Federation University students' Altered and Artists Books project will form part of the expo along with the finest artists books from the collections of the State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne.
Festival guests this year include Alex Miller and Henry Reynolds who were both recently named recipients of the 2014 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for fiction and non-fiction respectively.
The Children's Booktown precinct returns, bigger than ever, inviting entry to the world of Tim the Outback Mailman, a 2013 CBC award-winning children's book. The precinct will be alive with readings, demonstration and workshops.
Punch and Judy, face painting and the haybale maze will be back, with pop-up street theatre - including appearances by 'The Bard' in the most unexpected places . Workshops, ,music, wine and food complete the festival.
The $5 festival pass gives entry to the whole weekend. Book online for a chance to win great prizes - including four nights' accommodation at XII Stone Steps - a fully self-contained bluestone cottage within walking distance of the Clunes village.
See the new website for full details and all the other events in Clunes this year.
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