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The Wine Harvest

Members of the Clunes community took time out from Booktown Festival preparations to bring in the harvest at Mt Beckworth Wines. Later, over lunch, we toasted  Gabriel García Marquez and celebrated his life and the gift of magic realism.

Extra V/Line services to the Clunes Booktown Festival

  V/Line will run two extra return shuttle trains from Ballarat, Creswick, Talbot and Maryborough to the Clunes Booktown Festival on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder announced today. “We are pleased to support one of Victoria’s key regional events that attracts around 18,000 people to central Victoria over […]

(Re)Launch of Murder in the Telephone Exchange

The 1948 crime classic, June Wright’s Murder in the Telephone Exchange will be (re)launched at the festival. 10 am Saturday 3 May , The Clunes Warehouse, in conjunction with Shute the Messenger, Sisters in Crime and publishers Dark Passage/Verse Chorus Press. Speakers at this very special event are Australian Crime Fiction expert Stephen Knight and […]

How to make old fashioned scones…

The Clunes RSL Women’s Auxiliary is launching an exciting project in May on the weekend of the 2014 Book Town.  The women (and some of the RSL men) and their families have shared their very special family recipes to be published in a beautiful Recipe Book.  With over 150 recipes reflecting food that makes this […]

Jono Lineen’s new book gets great review

In Saturday’s Age Booktown Festival author, Jono Lineen gets a great review for his new book Into the Heart of the Himalayas. The reviewer, Dianne Demspey, writes: “His voice is as measured as the footsteps he takes; it is informed and intelligent and yet his ideas are as simple as the tea and lentils he […]

Finishing touches on Children’s Area

Clayton Edwards, designer, is putting the finishing touches on the set of the children’s section of the Booktown Festival. It’s around the theme of the award-winning Tom the Outback Mailman (Lothian) by Kristin Weidenbach and Timothy Ide. Located in the main street, children can step into the book, meet the author and illustrator, hear stories or […]

Hazel Edwards is Writing Her Memoir

Hazel Edwards, the much loved author of There’s a Hippopotamus on our Roof Eating Cake, has had a recent health scare and is recuperating. Sadly, she has had to cancel her appearances at Clunes Booktown Festival. But she is taking the time to write her memoir. She’s calling it Let Hippos Eat Cake: Being a […]

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