The Big Owl 2017 – A Magazine in a Weekend

We are proud to present our inaugural Magazine in a Weekend: created by 2017 Clunes Booktown Festival-goers and inspired by the Festival itself. THE BIG OWL 2017 This magazine is a response to the places, spaces, people, experiences and ideas encountered by writers during the Festival this year. Contributors began with a series of flash workshops […]

Clunes Booktown Festival: Doug Lang

As part of the Clunes Landcare and Waterways area this year, we are hosting a series of author talks relating to the land. One such guest will be Doug Lang, speaking in the Landcare area on Sunday at 11am Doug is a farmer near Colac who went about de-stocking to revegetate his farm. His project has […]

Clunes Booktown Festival Literature Lunch with Tony Birch

Join us at the RACV Goldfields Resort for a literature luncheon before the start of the Clunes Booktown Festival with award-winning Australian author Tony Birch. Tony Birch is the author of the books Shadowboxing (2006), Father’s Day (2009), Blood (2011), shortlisted for the Miles Franklin literary award, and The Promise (2014). His new novel, Ghost River, was released in October 2015. Both his fiction […]

Desirable, feasible, viable – making the Clunes Booktown Festival more sustainable

For the past nine months the board of Creative Clunes has been working hard on the 2017 Clunes Booktown Festival, and in the coming days you’ll hear more from us about the exciting program we have lined up. But we’ve also been working on ways we can make the Clunes Booktown Festival more sustainable. Conversations […]

Booktown on Sunday 2017 starts with a bang!

Award-winning author Jane Harper in conversation in Clunes Clunes’ Booktown on Sunday author talks series returns for 2017 with award-winning Australian novelist, Jane Harper. Harper published the atmospheric thriller – The Dry – in May 2016 and it has since made it onto many ‘best of’ lists, including the ABC Book Club’s Five of the Best for […]

Clunes Booktown Festival 2017

May 6-7, 2017 A message from the Chair – Tim Nolan Having just returned from the 2016 International Organisation of Booktowns Conference in Switzerland, we’re filled with mountain air and  the sound of echoes resounding off hillsides. So “For the Love of Books!” is one of those themes that is meant to be shouted into […]

Find Your Way – Writing Workshop in Ballarat

Spend a day in the country with award-winning author Cath Crowley and The Rosie Project editor Alison Arnold. We will help you find your way (or find your way back) to your writing project through a series of writing exercises and conversations about creativity, getting unstuck, and the writer’s life. • Connect with other writers (published and emerging) • Hone […]

Fact or Fiction – Writers Workshop in Clunes

Date: 19 November 2016 – 10:00 to 4:00 PM With: Andrew MastersonResearch is essential for non-fiction, and often necessary for novels. But how can you use reliable research without weighing down your writing? Look at good research habits for writers, including how to distinguish between reliable sources and cranks, how to recognise confirmation bias, and how to fine-tune your […]

Creative Victoria Grant Success

Creative Clunes Inc. is pleased to announce it will be the recipient of a $240,000 funding grant from Creative Victoria beginning in 2017. The funding provides $60,000 per annum for four years (2017-2020) to Creative Clunes as an ‘established’ organisation, an increase from the previous $40,000 per year as a ‘developing’ organisation. The Creative Victoria […]

Clunes Booktowners Heading to Switzerland

Three members of the Board of Creative Clunes, their partners and one baby, are saving their pennies to make a trip to Switzerland for the Biannual Conference of the International Organisation of Booktowns. This is an opportunity for global Booktowns to share their experiences, but for Clunes it’s our chance to bid for the opportunity to host […]

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