Clunes Booktown Festival Program 2019

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festival 4 & 5 MAY 2019

Author talks, local food, live music & thousands of new and collectable books

For the love of books

@clunesbooktown #clunesbooktown




Welcome to the 2019 Clunes Booktown Festival. The festival has grown into one of the Shire’s major events. Clunes is now recognised as an international Booktown, and the festival attracts thousands of visitors from near and far. This celebration of books and reading turns the picturesque township of Clunes into a thriving hub of conversations and ideas. There’s something to see and experience at the festival, regardless of your age.

I am very pleased to welcome all attending Clunes Booktown 2019.

Welcome to Clunes Booktown 2019. For this weekend Clunes is the place to be for booklovers across Australia.

Council is a proud supporter of the festival, providing funding and operational support such as traffic management, visitor services and waste management. I hope you enjoy the festival, the beautiful township of Clunes and this latest chapter in the Booktown story.

Don Henderson Mayor of Hepburn Shire


Booktown belongs to the people of Clunes, many of whom generously volunteer their time and talents in its cause. But it also belongs to a wider audience, to all those who not only love books and writing but who delight in hunting down their wants list and finding that fugitive volume. This weekend, we have a great range of book dealers and we welcome you to a mind-refreshing program of writers and thinkers who will stimulate your thinking and challenge your sense of what contemporary literature, in all its forms, might be. May I take this opportunity to thank the booksellers and dealers who provide our reason for staging this weekend, to the authors and writers who have contributed to a challenging literary program and most particularly to our sponsors, whose support can be the difference between a good Booktown and a great one.

Professor Andrew Reeves Chair - Creative Clunes

In one of Australia’s most picturesque towns booklovers from around Victoria, interstate and beyond have gathered to share their passion, to share ideas, and to engage with our literary culture. Across the weekend you will be able to attend author talks and discussions, hear live music, visit heritage buildings, and discover the largest collection of rare, out-of-print and collectible books in Australia. Most importantly, you will be able to celebrate books and the big ideas, thoughts and feelings that they create. Thank you to everyone who has taken part in organising this event, showing us all that small towns like Clunes can be at the centre of Australia’s most exciting arts and ideas. Enjoy your time in Clunes for Booktown 2019.

Catherine King MP Federal Member for Ballarat

FROM THE PROGRAM DEVELOPER Welcome to the picturesque town of Clunes. Over the two days of our Festival we invite you to meet, hear and converse with some of our most treasured Australian authors. We are sure that no matter which Author session or Panel you choose to join, your curiosity will be piqued, your senses revitalised and your love of reading confirmed. Our Festival authors are inspiring thinkers; each and every one has committed time to consider, and create. To be in the company of writers who have grappled and played with, challenged and distilled ideas is a treat. So, treat yourself over the Festival weekend in May.

The Clunes Booktown Festival is a celebration of books, ideas, collecting, writing, gathering together and reading. It is also a celebration of a beautiful town and a special rural community. It is, therefore, so important to acknowledge that without the Herculean support of the local community, the Clunes Booktown Festival would not be possible. As the Programmer of the 2019 Festival my sincere thanks goes to all the tireless volunteers, and to the organisations, sponsors and individuals who support us in so many ways: Readings Bookstores, Creative Victoria, Hepburn Shire,

CONTENTS 04 A Brief History

24 Author & Presenter Profiles

05 Traders of Books

34 Booktown on Sunday Events

11 Entertainment

35 Train Timetable

16 Saturday Schedule

36 Upcoming events

18 Sunday Schedule

37 Creative Clunes Inc.

20 Town Map

38 Acknowledgements

22 Panel Discussions

39 Our Sponsors

Federation University, McPhersons Printing, Creswick District and Community Bank, VATE, The Wheeler Centre, Writers Victoria, The Courier, Triple R, Smith Journal, Australian Book Review, White Ribbon Ballarat, Wesley at Clunes, RACV Goldfields Resort, and ETS. Special thanks goes to the Board of Creative Clunes and particularly my co-workers and festival logistics experts: Richard Mackay-Scollay and Sharon Hughes. Louise Permezel Program Developer & Co-ordinator

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY We acknowledge that we are on traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung. We offer our respect to the Elders of these traditional lands, and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples past and present.


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A BRIEF HISTORY In 2007 four local residents, Linda Newitt, Graeme Johnstone, Tim Hayes and Tess Brady, consulted Clunes locals about a plan to encourage tourism. The town embraced the idea. With only four months and a tiny budget, the first festival, Booktown for a Day, was held on May 20.

There are four big reasons to try number five.

Over 50 booksellers set up shop. Almost half the residents volunteered to help. It was a wet, windy day, crowds were huge, and the town ran out food, money and electricity, but not good will.

• Australia’s 5th largest retail bank.

If your bank isn’t doing the right thing by you, change to one you can feel better about. • 1.6 million customers. • Competitive products. Innovative service.

Creative Clunes Inc formed and the first two-day festival was held in 2008. In 2012 Clunes became the first southern hemisphere member of the International Organisation of Booktowns.

• $200 million back to communities. Drop into your nearest branch at 1 Raglan Street, Creswick or phone 5345 1233 to find out more.

From 2013 to 2015 Clunes and Paju Bookcity, South Korea collaborated on photographic exhibitions in Paju, Seoul, Clunes and Sydney. In 2014 Clunes Booktown was the major Australian example in the OECD report, Tourism and the Creative Economy. Over the years members of Creative Clunes have visited Booktowns in South Korea, New Zealand, Scotland, Norway and Switzerland, and in 2018 hosted the International Organisation of Booktowns Conference. The annual festival now attracts over 15,000 visitors and is a major contributor to the economic development of regional Victoria.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited, ABN 11 068 049 178 AFSL/Australian Credit Licence 237879. A1241988-7 (454107_v1) (19/02/2019)

The PEN Empty Chair to represent a writer who is not present because they have been imprisoned, detained, disappeard, threatened or killed, simply for speaking their mind. More information at

CLUNES BUSINESSES RED DOOR GALLERY (ON FRASER) 69 Fraser Street Fine Art Gallery - exhibition space and gift shop Chris O’Donnell | 0438 966 855


MOUNT BECKWORTH WINES 46 Fraser Street Locally grown and produced wines for tasting and sales. Drop in for a chat and check out the "Wine Pack Specials". Something for everybody. Jane and Paul Lesock 0457 367 718

HUC AND GABET 60 Fraser Street Rare and unusual books of interest including a broad selection of vintage and not so vintage books. Opening early all Booktown weekend including Friday ...and yes, it is down the driveway. Robin Schmidt | 0437 444 212



READINGS Readings is an independent retailer of books, music and film with seven shops located across Carlton, Doncaster, Hawthorn, Malvern, St Kilda and the State Library Victoria. Find the Readings main tent at the Fraser St Marquees, with books for young readers in our specialist children's and YA tent at the Kids' Village. Author signings for most speakers will occur at the main tent after each session.

PANDORA’S BOX Large variety of books... children’s, cook books, history, novels, comics, music…


THE BOOK GROCER The Book Grocer is a family-owned business which prides itself on selecting a wonderful range of books in all categories. All books are $10 or less, or 6 books for $50.





Karl and Jen Slotte | 0412 001 315

Carol McGowan | 0447 776 875 EXICARE











CLUNES BUSINESSES O’HARA’S BAKERY 24 Fraser Street A good old country bakery where the bread is baked fresh daily. Come in and try one of our many pies, cakes, or slices all whilst enjoying a cold drink or a hot cup of coffee.

CLUNES CARAVAN PARK 17 Purcell Street Located in the heart of the Goldfields. No Peak Pricing so come and bask in the serenity of historic Clunes. Enjoy walking distance to the Booktown Festival.

Matt and Wendy O’Kelly 03 5345 3700

Dorothy & Matthew Russell 03 5345 3278

WIDOW TWANKEY CAFÉ AND CONFECTIONERY 50 Fraser Street Café, Lolly Shop and Ice Creamery. Light lunches, Devonshire Teas, Cakes and Slices. Open 7 days Tim Hayes 03 5345 3426



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SAINSBURY’S BOOKS Our shop in Camberwell is open 7 days a week, 10am until 5pm. Selling a wide range of books including art, architecture and photography.









John Sainsbury | 0434 197 090

WESLEY WEAVERY IAN AND JEAN HINKS Wide range of collectible books, including children's, aviation, motor vehicles, outback history and stories, garden history, and ephemera.


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Ray Nichols | 0417 125 446 PAGE AFTER PAGE Military, local history, postcards, ephemera, quirky, and the usual assortment of special $2-5 books. Geoff Simmons | 0413 952 475

CLUNES BUSINESSES CLUNES IGA SUPERMARKET 1 Service Street IGA supermarket supplying grocery, liquor, cigarettes, serviced deli, meat & produce. Locally owned and operated. Dianne Hill | 03 5345 3110


INDEX ON LITERATURE 102 Bailey Street Old Post Office corner Bailey & Service Streets. A gold mine with a difference! The best in creative writing over all cultures. Saturdays from 1pm, Sundays from 10am. David and Margaret Bornstein 03 5345 3705 or 0408 325 560

THE CLUNES NEWSAGENCY 49 Fraser Street Newsagency lines, Bendigo Bank Agency, Tattersalls. Monday to Friday 7am to 5.30pm, Saturday 7am to 12.30pm. Cynthia and Craig Drewer 03 5345 3223

TRADERS OF BOOKS SENIOR CITIZENS CENTRE BOOKWORM INK We have the largest range of Enid Blyton books available. Adults are considered, too. We have Australian, crime, biography, general-interest fiction. Jillian Braithwaite | 0435 025 018 CORNUCOPIA First editions, adult and children’s out of print books, rare, ephemera, postcards. Maureen and Alan Gill | 0417 564 801

Wesley at Clunes Proud supporters of Clunes Booktown Festival For more information call 5345 9334 or visit

PRUE’S BOOKS Interesting range of good books, fiction and literature, non-fiction, vintage and collectable. Australian local histories, art, biographies, photography, children’s. Prue Hearn | JEFFREY MCCUBBERY Rose Vickers and the Nose Pickers is a story about a girl born without a nose ... it's a fun story that explores the meanings of nose picking. Jeffrey McCubbery |

CLUNES BUSINESSES NEIL NEWITT PHOTOGRAPHY/DRINKS AT THE GALLERY 54 Fraser Street Beautiful photographic gallery, also home to the region's most welcoming bar. Friday - Sunday, Bar opens 3pm. Booktown special live band: The Mercurys, Saturday from 6:30pm, $15 (supper and band) Linda Newitt | 0447 915 576





* To receive free entry must show proof of entry to Clunes Booktown.

Railway Parade 5345 2202 Open 7 days 9am-5pm


TRADERS OF BOOKS UNION BANK ARTS CENTRE TWO DOG BOOKS AND VIBEX BOOKS Vintage Books. Local histories, children’s, dog breeds, transport, military, sport, cookery and garden, etc.

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BOOKS ILLUSTRATED Children’s book illustration. Limited edition prints and signed picture books.

TELLURIAN RESEARCH PRESS Our stock includes monographs published by independent Melbourne press, Tellurian Research Press (specialising in Outsider and visionary art), STOARC titles (Outsider art, photography books including Roger Ballen), art, craft, and photography books, rare and out of print art books. We also have Australian and international print and magazine ephemera.

Ann Haddon and Ann James | 0439 031 015

Sylvia Convey | 0431 589 526

BYGONE BOOKS Large selection of vintage, rare and collectable, out of print books, children’s, history, art, numerous genres. Jayne Wilson |

THE VICTORIAN BOOKBINDERS’ GUILD Formed by a group of professional and amateur bookbinders to maintain and foster the art, craft and practice of bookbinding, both contemporary and historical, so that the traditional techniques will be preserved. At Clunes, the guild will be displaying a range of historical and contemporary binding styles and holding demonstrations of section sewing and end banding – come along and have a go! If you have a book that needs repairing, why not bring it along for an assessment?

Greg Wane |

CLUNES RAILWAY STATION BOOKS AT THE STATION Wide variety of novels, Australiana, children's, gardening, cooking, lifestyle. Fundraising for the August Words in Winter Festival.

Robert Ford and Jim Finger | 0419 524 320 |

CLUNES BUSINESSES CLUNES EMPORIUM AND GALLERY FIVE 5 Service Street We have in stock: clothes, homewares, books, jewellery, collectables and art work. Open Saturday and Sunday afternoons Anne Gunner | 0439 998 789


IMPEDIMENTIA 4 Service Street Books, Collectables, French Wares, Clothes and Hats Jon | 0459 718 192

THE BOOK FOSSICKER 55 Fraser Street Secondhand books: fiction, non-fiction on most subjects: all the arts, cooking, garden, travel, history, nature, religion, philosophy, science, automotive & military, etc Joan Rogers 5345 3300 | 0419 520 092

TRADERS OF BOOKS STATE LIBRARY VICTORIA State Library Victoria is exhibiting a selection of items relating to food and wine in Australia, including 19th and 20th century menus that show our changing culinary tastes and sophistication, along with historical books and pamphlets representing the growing diversity of the foods we enjoy. For more information visit MOUNT OF ALEX BOOKSHOP Most subjects but with strengths in Travel, Adventure, Literature and Art. Has been trading online as Arapiles Mountain Books since 2001, specialist dealer in Mountaineering and Polar books. Will present an eclectic selection for Clunes 2019, much of which will come straight out of our latest shipment from the UK. Andrew Long | 0410650923

Find us at The Clunes Booktown Festival 2019 The Readings main tent will be located at the Fraser St Marquees, with books for young readers in our specialist children’s and YA tent at Kids Village.

GNOSIS BOOKS Large variety of rare books, first editions, quality literature, beautiful bindings, Australiana, art, Indigenous and local histories, and a good range of science fiction. George Polykandrites | 0423 768 839

CLUNES BUSINESSES QUIGLEY AND CLARKE 52 Fraser Street A relaxed cafĂŠ restaurant with a sense of occasion. Rustic and elegant food with a focus on vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. Locally sourced ingredients keeping it fresh, real and seasonal. Donall Quigley 5345 3939 | 0408 101 316



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ALL NATIONS LODGE LEN VINCENT PUBLICATIONS Wide variety of novels, Australiana, children's, militaria, gardening, cooking, lifestyle, older editions. Generally, no more than $20.00 per item. Len and Jan Vincent | 0408 536 958 THAT LITTLE BOOKSHOP A little bit of everything for every taste. Wayne Compton |

HISTORIC BUILDINGS AAG REAL ESTATE OFFICE Built in 1870 by Thomas Jones, the building has seen many tenants since Joseph Oldham ran it as a hairdressing salon. TOWN HALL Designed by the architect Percy Oakden, the building was opened in 1873 by the Governor Sir George Bowen.


Later in the 1870s, the Supper Room, previously known as the Bible Christian Church, was relocated from Fraser Street. This building is used extensively by the Clunes community. RSL The ES&A Bank was designed by Melbourne architect Leonard Terry (1825-1884). Completed

in 1871, it is typical of Terry’s conservative Renaissance Revival style. The bank is one of three in Fraser Street. They form a landmark in the precinct. The property was used as a private residence when the bank closed in the 1930s. It was purchased by the RSL in 1954.

BOOKTOWN KIDS' VILLAGE There’s lots to entertain and engage young people right throughout the festival this year – including roving performers, dedicated YA author talks, bands-galore, and of course books! But if you’re young or have young ones in tow, you’ll also want to swing by our Kids’ Village for some great performances and hands-on activities for all-ages. Check out the schedule on page 13 for times.

letter? Ailsa will ask you what issues you think are important and figure out the best person to write to so you can make a difference. You can, because the pen is certainly mighty!


AILSA WILD Ailsa is an acrobat and whip cracker who ran away from the circus to be a writer. She wrote the Squishy Taylor series as well as Small Friends Books, scienceadventures starring microbes, molecules and mucous. Join her for: Squishy Taylor’s Special Send-off Party Announcing … Squishy Taylor and the Secret Envelope - book TEN. This is the last in the series – so it’s time to celebrate all that is Squishy! Join author Ailsa Wild for a book reading and a hilarious group story-writing adventure. Then we’ll say goodbye to Squishy Taylor and send her off in style! Little Activist Letter Writing Do you want to make a change? Something small in your community or even something dauntingly enormous? Did you know you can actually start changing the world by writing a

is randomly distributed so that they end up in a tangled pile. The more tangled the resulting disarray, the more challenging the game. A circus inspired physical mash up of a common term. Expect acrobatics, competition, collaboration, risk and the ridiculous. Each performance will be followed by a 30 minute circus skills workshop.

ART ATTACK Art Attack is a two year project designed by Asking for Trouble in partnership with Clunes Neighbourhood House to create a legacy of hope, aspirations and connections for youth of all ages in Clunes. Art Attack is supported by the State Government of Victoria through Creative Victoria's Future Makers for Change initiative in partnership with Regional Development Victoria. Roving Performers Experience roving performances and come and try workshops with Clunes Community Circus Youth.

Civic Kids is a place-based participation program for kids aged 8 - 12 years. Civic Kids supports young people and communities to work collaboratively to create results that have an impact both now, and in the future. To find out more visit Postcards from Utopia with Civic Kids and Asking for Trouble Pizza growing on trees or a roller coaster ride to school? Help us imagine some extraordinary futures in this hands-on interactive workshop. Civic Kids Showbags Browse and purchase the new Book Showbags designed by kids for kids.

ASKING FOR TROUBLE PHYSICAL THEATRE Pick Up Sticks Award winning Clunes based company Asking for Trouble presents their new work in progress, ‘Pick up sticks’. To begin the game, a bundle of sticks WWW.CLUNESBOOKTOWN.COM.AU 11

BOOKTOWN KIDS' VILLAGE MELBOURNE YOUNG WRITER’S STUDIO Melbourne Young Writer's Studio is a hub for storytelling and exploration, specialising in creative writing and story education programs for children, young people and emerging writers. Our beautiful Studio is based in Fitzroy North and free trials are available for children interested in our creative writing clubs. Come and visit the Melbourne Young Writer’s Studio marquee in the Kids’ Village to participate in one of their hands-on workshops. Pop-Up Writing Studio with Melbourne Young Writers' Studio (all ages) A dedicated writing space for kids. Drop in and get your creative juices flowing with the help of professional writing coaches. Make a mini-book or take on a mystery story challenge, and together we'll tell some stories! From Book to TV with Melbourne Young Writer’s Studio (12 years +) Have you ever wondered what it would be like to write stories for TV? In this special 60 min workshop we'll explore the key story elements that unite great books and great TV shows, and the basics of writing a great script for TV. From Book to Film with Melbourne Young Writer’s Studio (12 years +) Clunes has been the location 12 CLUNES BOOKTOWN FESTIVAL 2019

for the filming of many great Australian movies, such as Ned Kelly (2003). In this special 60 min workshop you'll learn the basics of how to write a great film script, inspired by your favourite books!

STOPWATCH Magic Show with Mime and Magician Get ready to be mystified as Stopwatch mesmerizes with his sleight-of-hand trickery and masterful illusions. A fun and captivating show for all ages. Stopwatch Mime and Magician has been performing as a magician since 2010, at parties, festivals, and company functions. Recently winning the "2018 Best Street Performance" award in the Ballarat Busking Championships, he is hoping to make a career out of making people smile.

GABRIELLE WANG Writing and Illustration Workshop with Author and Illustrator Gabrielle Wang will conduct a writing and illustration workshop for kids ages 8-12. Have fun drawing dragons and writing from your imaginations.

HEROES Dress-up Photo Wall Dress up as your favourite book hero and take your photo in front of our amazing intergalactic backdrop. Don’t forget to hashtag us so we can see your great photos. #clunesbooktown The Heroes Journey Dress-up Parade Come dressed as one of your favourite heroes from a book and be a part of a procession of super-saviours fighting for justice or just a little change in the world. The parade will be helped along with music, fanfare and acrobatic antics. Spot-prizes for costumes will be awarded at the end of the parade.

STRAW BALE MAZE The Maze has become an attraction in itself at the Festival. It uses 300 bales and is constructed over three hours with the help of students from Wesley along with other locals. Marion Anderson creates a different design for the maze each year.

JACQUES The French Waiter Serving up a delicious blend of comedy and circus, Jacques The French Waiter is at your service. He performs delightful high skills that you would expect from the French. Juggling manipulation of everyday objects such as bottles, trays, cups and saucers that will impress.


ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE BOOKTOWN KIDS' VILLAGE - infomation about perfomers on previous pages SATURDAY 11:00am - 11:30am

Magic Show with Stopwatch Mmime and Magician

Big Marquee

11:30am - 12:30pm From Book to film – Screenwriting Workshop for 12+

Small Marquee

12:00am - 12:45pm Asking for Trouble 'Pick up Sticks' and Circus Skills Workshop

Big Marquee

1:00 - 4:00pm

Pop-up Writing Studio

Small Marquee

1:00 - 1:30pm

Magic Show with Stopwatch Mime and Magician

Big Marquee

1:30 - 2:15pm

Asking for Trouble 'Pick up Sticks' and Circus Skills Workshop

Big Marquee

2:30 - 4:00pm

Squishy Taylor’s Special Send-off Party with Author Ailsa Wild

Big Marquee

10:30 - 11:00am

Magic show with Stopwatch mime and magician

Big Marquee

11:30am - 2:00pm

Pop-up Writing Studio with Melbourne Young Writer's Studio


11:30am - 12:15pm Asking for Trouble 'Pick up Sticks' and Circus Skills Workshop

Small Marquee Big Marquee

12:30pm - 1:00pm

The Heroes Journey Dress-up Parade with Spot Prizes – begins near Big Marquee

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Little Activist Letter Writing with author Ailsa Wild

Big Marquee

2:45 - 3:30pm

Asking for Trouble 'Pick up Sticks' and Circus Skills Workshop

Big Marquee

2:30pm - 3:30pm

From Book to TV – Screenwriting Workshop for 12+

Small Marquee

BOOKTOWN PETANQUE STAGE - infomation about perfomers on the following pages SATURDAY 10:00am

Daylesford Brass Band

Petanque Stage


Creswick Brass Band

Petanque Stage


Paul and Philomena

Petanque Stage


Whizbang Orchestra

Petanque Stage


Fed Uni - Word of Mouth

Petanque Stage


Ballarat Words Out Loud

Petanque Stage



Petanque Stage


Wesley College Student Bands

Petanque Stage


Petanque Stage Collins Place

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ENTERTAINERS PAUL WOOKEY AND PHILOMENA CARROLL Paul and Philomena perform a great range of traditional music, blues, bluegrass, old-time country, originals and more. Expect songs and tunes of the deep south and the old west, served up with reverence for the music and a lively wit.

WESLEY COLLEGE MUSIC Students from Wesley College’s Elsternwick campus have provided a feast of musical delights at the Clunes Booktown Festival for several years now. This year, Elsternwick’s Concert Band, String Orchestra, Suzuki Violins and Big Band will entertain from 1.00pm – 3.30pm on the Petanque Stage, with a range of musical favourites ranging from traditional melodies, to toe-tapping jazz. Students at Elsternwick range in age from 3 year olds through to Year 9.

MAD HATTER AND MAD HATTY The Mad Hatter and Mad Hatty invite you into their playful Wonderland of spontaneous interactive Fun and Zany antics


THE DAYLESFORD COMMUNITY BRASS BAND The Daylesford Community Brass Band provides musical entertainment and education at a wide variety of events across the Hepburn Shire.

CRESWICK BRASS BAND Creswick Brass Band is a community band made up of local residents. Known as 'The Happy Band of the Central Highlands', we love to perform at local events, including Booktown!

WHIZBANG ORCHESTRA Whizbang are a 15 piece totally original big band incorporating a variety of genres from funk to reggae, featuring an 8 piece horn section. Whizbang has been in existence since 2000 and has produced 9 albums. The Band has achieved international exposure through chart success in Canada and had published academic articles in the UK. Whizbang performs regularly at festivals, community events and school functions.


An eccentric Bohemian princess who wanders through the crowd creating personalised poems for people on the spot – lovers poems, name poems, poems about people’s favourite things…and so much more! Paloma reaches deep into people’s hearts and minds and weaves her wordsmithery with humour and love, putting a smile on the faces of adults and children alike. Being a professional spoken word artist and comic improviser, Amy Bodossian has years of experience in wordplay, making each exchange an uniquely intimate, rich and rewarding one.

THE MERCURYS Take a break from the books and head on down to Collins Place for The Mercurys. Tamworth Golden Guitar winner Paul Wookey's latest project plays homage to those great rock and roll songs of the 50s. Paul, along with bassist Darryl Weckert and Neil Newitt on drums, perform songs made famous by the greats from the Rock and Roll era - Eddie Cochrane, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Elvis and more. Add in some great blues and you'll be dancing in the streets. Sunday, 11:30am Collins Place.


RACV Goldfields Resort is proud to sponsor Clunes Booktown.

BALLARAT WORDS OUT LOUD Writers share their work in a cracking line-up of spoken word. Tuck into poetry, fiction, memoir and more in a morning smorgasbord that is bound to entertain. Emceed by WOL convenors Jason Nahrung and Kirstyn McDermott.

FED UNI WORD OF MOUTH Word of Mouth – Ariel Songs Music by Rick Chew Text by William Shakespeare, adapted from The Tempest. Music features prominently in Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest (1611). The character Ariel – an ‘airy spirit’ – is a conduit to another dimension, where magic intervenes and influences the course of events in the physical world. This devised performance, developed by Associate Professor Kim Durban, Dr Angela Campbell and Arts Academy Director, Rick Chew features current students from the Arts Academy’s renowned Performing Arts programs. Word of Mouth perform a wide repertoire of music, including arrangements of new works written specifically for the ensemble. Word of Mouth is like a big band of voices, freewheeling between contemporary classical, jazz, music theatre and choral theatre.

Attendees receive 15% off food when dining in Harvest Restaurant any night during the Festival.

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Gates open


Festival opening Welcome to Dja Dja Wurrung country

Petanque Stage

10:00am 11:00am

Panel Discussion: Building Gardens that Sustain and Nourish Us Kirsten Bradley, Nick Ritar, Georgina Reid Presented by smith Journal | Chair: James McLennan

Town Hall

10:00am 11:00am

In Conversation: Two Steps Forward Author Anne Buist with Robyn Barnett

National Hotel

10:00am 11:00am

Panel: Writing about Men and Violence in the Contemporary Thriller Sarah Bailey, Jock Serong, Josh Pomare Chair: Ashleigh McMillan Presented by The Ballarat Courier and Ballarat White Ribbon

Free Lending Library

10:00am 11:00am

Panel Discussion: Goldfields Global Connections Sarah Hayes, Erik Eklund, Ben Mountford, David Goodman Chair: Clare Gervasoni

Esmond Gallery

11:30am 12:30pm

Panel Discussion: Blaze a Tale: The Power of Story Tony Birch, Alice Pung | Chair: Paddy O’Reilly Presented by The Wheeler Centre

Town Hall

11:30am 12:30pm

Panel Discussion: Reading to Escape, or Face, Reality Gabrielle Wang, Jack Henseleit, Nicole Hayes, Daniellle Binks Chair: Amanda McGraw-Pleban Presented by VATE with focus on YA/Middle Years

Free Lending Library

11:30am 12:30pm

Book Launch: Elza de Locre, How May I Endure: Selected Poems Edited and introduced by John Arnold | Launched by Jenna Mead John Arnold also in conversation with Stuart Kells following the launch

Wesleyan Bluestone Church

11:30am 12:30pm

Panel Discussion: Soldiers for Peace: Anzac Aftermath & Commemoration Marilyn Lake, Carolyn Holbrook, Frank Bongiorno, Kat Avery Chair: Keir Reeves

Esmond Gallery

1:00pm 2:00pm

In Conversation: The Power of Hope Author Kon Karapanagiotidis with Louise Permezel

Town Hall

1:00pm 2:00pm

Panel Discussion: New Voices and Smart New Writing Robbie Arnott, Sarah Epstein, Josh Pomare Chair: Michael McGirr Presented by Australian Book Review

Free Lending Library





1:00pm 2:00pm

In Conversation: Whiteley on Trial Author Gabriella Coslovich with Keir Reeves

Esmond Gallery

2:30 3:30pm

Panel Discussion: The State of Writing Tony Birch, Kirstyn McDermott, Alicia Sometimes, Josh Pomare Chair: Michelle Scott-Tucker Presented by Writers Victoria Celebrating 30 Years

Town Hall

2:30 3:30pm

In Conversation: Preservation Author Jock Serong with Tim Nolan

Free Lending Library

2:30 3:30pm

In Conversation: Ting, Ting the Ghosthunter Author / Illustrator Gabrielle Wang with Melissa Dunley A special session for and with younger readers

2:30 3:30pm

Journal Launch: Before Now Launched by Frank Bongiorno Chair: Robyn Hunter

Esmond Gallery

3:30 4:30pm

Author Talk: The Art of Roadside Burning with Michael Rowe

National Hotel

4:00pm 5:00pm

In Conversation: Accidental Feminists Author Jane Caro with Melissa Cranenburgh Presented by TripleR

Town Hall

4:00pm 5:00pm

In Conversation: Invented Lives Author Andrea Goldsmith with Tess Brady

Free Lending Library

4:00pm 5:00pm

Poetry Wine and Cheese: Readings and Discussion Peter Rose, Nathan Curnow Chair: Nick Lanyon

4:00pm 5:00pm

In Conversation: Progressive New World Author Marilyn Lake with Andrew Reeves Town Hall 98 Bailey St Wesleyan Bluestone Church 12 Service Street



The Cottage

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Esmond Gallery

Free Lending Library 6 Templeton St

National Hotel 33 Fraser St

The Cottage

Esmond Gallery 36 Fraser St

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Gates open

10:00am 11:00am

Panel Discussion: Women Writing about Women Jane Caro, Andrea Goldsmith, Alice Pung Chair: Jenna Mead

Town Hall

10:00am 11:00am

Panel Discussion: Writing for the Millennial Mind Danielle Binks, Sarah Epstein, Jack Henseleit Presented by VATE with focus on YA/Middle Years Chair: Lauren Kyte

Free Lending Library

10:00am 11:00am

Panel Discussion: Play Like a Girl Authors Alicia Sometimes and Nicole Hayes A Footy Girl’s Guide with Kate O’Halloran Presented by TripleR

National Hotel

10:00am 11:00am

Panel Discussion: Navigating the Art of Book Reviewing John Arnold, Peter Rose Chair: Philip Mead Presented by Australian Book Review

10:00am 11:00am

Panel Discussion: The Library on the Hill: Former Clunes Free Lending Library History and Heritage Roger Beeston, Graeme Johnstone, Erin Williams Chair: Anne Beggs-Sunter

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Panel Discussion: What Defines Us as a Nation in 2019? Kon Karapanagiotidis, Melanie Cheng, George Megalogenis Chair: Marilyn Lake

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In Conversation: The Planthunter Author Georgina Reid with Angela Crocombe

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Panel Discussion: Capturing Evocative Landscapes Moreno Giovannoni, Robbie Arnott Chair: Michael McGirr

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Panel Discussion: Home Ground: Writing Footy and Cricket History Megan Ponsford, Kirby Fenwick, Dan Eddy, Barry Gill, Paul Daffey Chair: David McGinniss

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Panel Discussion: Short Stories Linger Longer Tony Birch, Paddy O’Reilly | Chair: Mark Rubbo Presented by Readings

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Panel Discussion: Building the Fictional World for Gripping Crime Sarah Bailey, Anne Buist, Sarah Epstein Chair: Leslie Falkiner-Rose

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Workshop: Writing and Illustrating (8-12 year olds) with Author/Illustrator Gabrielle Wang

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In Conversation: Scarce, Sought-after or just Secondhand: A Beginners’ Guide to Book Collecting Roger Clarke with John Arnold

Esmond Gallery

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In Conversation: The Football Solution Author George Megalogenis | Chair: Peter Rose

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Panel Discussion: Why we Value Books in our Lives Michael McGirr, Stuart Kells, Rob Egan | Chair: Andrew Reeves

Free Lending Library

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Poetry Wine and Cheese: Readings and Discussion Alicia Sometimes, Nathan Curnow | Chair: Nick Lanyon


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Panel Discussion: Art and Artists on the Goldfields Anne Beggs-Sunter, Emma Busowsky Cox, Graeme Williams Chair: Shelley Hinton


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In Conversation: From Jetsetters to Jesuits: Bold Bhutan Beckons Author The Hon Tim Fischer AC with Andrew Masterson

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PANEL DISCUSSIONS Writing about Men and Violence in the Contemporary Thriller Sat | 10am | National Hotel Charismatic male characters committing violence against women is a staple element in one of the most popular forms of recreational reading, the thriller. How does this stack-up today in the #MeToo era? Sarah Bailey, Josh Pomare and Jock Serong in conversation with Ashleigh McMillan. Building Gardens that Sustain and Nourish Us Sat | 10am | Town Hall Passionate gardeners and inspirational permaculturalists Kirsten Bradley and Nick Ritar of Milkwood join Georgina Reid, author of The Planthunter, to share their knowledge, stories and a wealth of tips to inspire the novice and experienced gardener. Blaze a Tale: The Power of Story Sat | 11.30am | Town Hall What does it mean to be a storyteller in Australia today? Two of our most treasured authors, Tony Birch and Alice Pung, will be in conversation with Paddy O'Reilly, to discuss the thrills, dangers and possibilities of storytelling. Are we Reading to Escape, or Face, Reality? Sat | 11.30am | Free Lending Library Never has there been a greater range of works written for adolescent readers. There are books that invite them into worlds teeming with the extraordinary and fantastical, or 22 CLUNES BOOKTOWN FESTIVAL 2019

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pulsing with gritty realism. How do authors make decisions about the worlds that will best tell their story? Authors, Gabrielle Wang, Nicole Hayes and Jack Henseleit share their strategies. New Voices & Smart New Writing Sat | 1pm | Free Lending Library Robbie Arnott (Flames), Sarah Epstein (Small Spaces) and Josh Pomare (Call Me Evie) are three authors quickly making their mark on Australia's literary scene. Their writing is fresh and arresting. In the company of reviewer Michael McGirr, they reflect on the journey of the debut author and what lies ahead. The State of Writing with Tony Birch, Kirstyn McDermott, Alicia Sometimes and Josh Pomare Sat | 2.30pm | Town Hall To mark Writers Victoria’s 30 Year Anniversary, Clunes Booktown Festival has partnered with it to create a panel of authors who represent the diversity of writing in our State. Be inspired by the work of established, new, and emerging writers. Michelle Scott-Tucker, CEO of The Stella Prize, will chair. Writing for the Millennial Mind Sun | 10am | Free Lending Library Are millennials demanding new forms of fiction? Three authors who write for a new generation of readers – Danielle Binks, Sarah Epstein and Jack Henseleit - together consider the impact of the ‘millennial mind’ on their sources of inspiration and craft.

Women writing about Women Sun | 10am | Town Hall Australian female authors are winning the hearts and minds of readers. Alice Pung (Letters from Home), Andrea Goldsmith (Invented Lives) and Jane Caro (Accidental Feminists) join Dr Jenna Mead to consider the growth of women in contemporary Australian literature and the perspectives they bring to their characters. Play Like a Girl Sun | 10am | National Hotel We have recently witnessed the coming of age of women’s football. Authors Nicole Hayes and Alicia Sometimes (A Footy Girl’s Guide) will talk with Kate O’Halloran about what the sports revolution really means for women and girls. Navigating the Art of Book Reviewing Sun | 10am | The Cottage Have you thought about trying your hand at book reviewing? Join experts in the field, Peter Rose and John Arnold, who will be in conversation with Philip Mead. What is Defining Us as a Nation in 2019? Sun | 11.30am | Town Hall When a factionalised society harbours deeply divided views on refugees, migration, national growth and climate, what will ultimately define Australia as a Nation in 2019 and the immediate future? Professor Marilyn Lake will chair an impressive Panel with authors George Megalogenis, Kon Karapanagiotidis and Melanie Cheng.

PANEL DISCUSSIONS Capturing Evocative Landscapes Sun | 12.30pm | The Cottage Some novelists create landscapes that are irresistably compelling. Moreno Giovannoni (The Fireflies of Autumn) and Robbie Arnott (Flames) write with voices that transport readers. Hear them in conversation with Michael McGirr. Building the Fictional World for Gripping Crime Sun | 1.00pm | Free Lending Library How important is ‘location’ for the crime novelist? Is as much attention paid to setting as to character? Three women crime/thriller writers

Here for Booktown? Why not stay awhile longer? Clunes and District Real Estate have an exciting range of residential, commercial and rural properties ready for you. A friendly community with history dating from the 1850’s gold discoveries, to new artisans and those wanting to escape the big city, Clunes is a destination for visitors and those seeking a change of pace. Clunes is close to the regional centres of Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong, with daily passenger rail services to Melbourne and Maryborough. Talk to Colette about finding your hidden treasure before the next Gold Rush.

who have readers waiting for their next novels, Sarah Bailey (Into the Night), Anne Buist (This I Would Kill For) and Sarah Epstein (Small Spaces) will be in conversation with Leslie Falkiner-Rose. Short Stories linger longer! Sun | 1.00pm | Town Hall Tony Birch (Common People) and Paddy O’Reilly (Peripheral Vision) are masters of the Short Story and have created consummate short story collections. In conversation with Mark Rubbo, Tony and Paddy share how they pack so much punch into a small package, and when and why they are drawn to


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the short story form over the novel. Presented by Readings. Why we Value Books in our Lives Sun | 2.30pm | Free Lending Library What do you get when you gather together authors, book collectors, reviewers and a bookseller who are at the top of their game? A wondrously bookish Panel. Michael McGirr (Books that Saved My Life), Stuart Kells (The Library), and Rob Egan (Australian Bookseller Assoc.) share their lifelong passion for books with Professor Andrew Reeves.






JOHN ARNOLD is a regular presenter at the Clunes Booktown Festivals. He has worked as a librarian, academic and bookseller and has published widely on Australian and British publishing history. He has recently edited a selection of the poetry of Elza de Locre entitled How May I Endure, which will be launched at this year's festival.

ROBBIE ARNOTT was born in Launceston in 1989. His writing has appeared in Island, the Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings and the 2017 anthology Seven Stories. He won the 2015 Tasmanian Young Writers’ Fellowship and the 2014 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers. Robbie lives in Hobart and is an advertising copywriter. Flames was shortlisted for the 2018 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction.

KAT AVERY works at the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History at Federation University Australia. In 2015 she graduated from her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at Deakin University where she was the recipient of the Renee Erdos Memorial Prize. In 2013 she graduated from the Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, majoring in history and sociology. Since 2005, Kat has taught at Federation University Australia.

DR ANNE BEGGS-SUNTER is an historian in the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History at Federation University Ballarat. Her academic interests are in Australian social, cultural and political history. Her special interests relate to Ballarat and its heritage conservation, and the significance of the Eureka Stockade.

DANIELLE BINKS is an editor, book blogger, literary agent and youth literature advocate. She edited and contributed to Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology, a collection of new Australian young adult writing by some of Australia’s favourite YA authors and inspired by the grassroots #LoveOzYA movement, which is currently shortlisted in the Inky Awards.

TONY BIRCH is the author of Ghost River, which won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing, and Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. He is also the author of Shadowboxing, and three short-story collections – Father's Day, The Promise and Common People. Tony is a frequent contributor to ABC local and national radio, and a regular guest at writers’ festivals.



SARAH BAILEY is a Melbourne based writer with a background in advertising and communications. She has two young children and currently works as a director of creative projects company Mr Smith. Over the past five years she has written a number of short stories and opinion pieces. Her novels include The Dark Lake and Into the Night.

ROGER BEESTON worked on the Clunes Former Free Lending Library conservation project funded by the Hugh D Williamson Foundation. Throughout his career Roger has continually engaged with the fields of both contemporary architecture and heritage management. In doing so, he has developed authentic and sustainable remedial conservation interventions.

PROFESSOR FRANK BONGIORNO is Head of the School of History, at the Australian National University. His most recent books are The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia (2015), which won ACT Book of the Year, and (edited with Benjamin T. Jones and John Uhr), Elections Matter: Ten Federal Elections That Shaped Australia (2018).

KIRSTEN BRADLEY & NICK RITAR left the city to start a small farm called Milkwood 10 years ago, with a dream of living simply. Since then, they’ve been growing food, cultivating community and sharing skills wherever they’ve lived or travelled. Kirsten and Nick are passionate about re-skilling households and communities to create resilient, low-impact and positive futures that are accessible to all.

ANNE BUIST is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. Medea’s Curse was her first psychological thriller, published in UK in 2016. The second, Dangerous to Know, was released the same year. This I Would Kill For was published in 2018 Two Steps Forward, cowritten with Graeme Simsion, was released in 2017.



EMMA BUSOWSKY COX is a curator and writer with specialisation in Australian art and museums. Currently employed as Curator, City History and Collections at Bendigo Art Gallery, Emma has 15 years’ experience working in the art museum sector in curatorial and programming capacities, including roles at Castlemaine Art Museum, Deakin University and the National Gallery of Victoria.

PAUL DAFFEY is an Australian sports journalist. In 2001, Daffey wrote Local Rites: A year in Grass Roots Football in Victoria and Beyond. In 2013, Daffey and John Harms co-edited Footy Town Stories of Australia's Game, a book about regional Australian football clubs and culture. He is based in Melbourne.


JANE CARO is an author, novelist, journalist, broadcaster, columnist, advertising writer and social commentator. Her books include Accidental Feminists (2019) young adult novels Just Flesh & Blood (2018), Just a Girl (2015), and Just a Queen (2011), and an edited anthology of feminist writing, Destroying the Joint (2013).

DR MELANIE CHENG is a writer and general practitioner. Born in Adelaide, she grew up in Hong Kong and lives in Melbourne. Her writing has appeared in many newspapers and magazines. Her short-story collection, Australia Day, won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Unpublished Manuscript and went on to win the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction. Her latest book is the novel, Room for a Stranger.

DAN EDDY is the author and coauthor of 11 books including King Richard, Larrikins & Legends, Always Striving and The Norm Smith Medallists. He has a Master of Arts degree (Victoria University, 2013) and recently submitted his PhD (Federation University) for review. An oral historian with a passion for sports history, Eddy is one of Australia's most prolific non-fiction writers. He lives in Leongatha.

ROB (ROBBIE) EGAN is CEO of the Australian Booksellers Association. Prior to this he was operations manager at Readings, Australia’s leading independent bookseller. Rob’s background is in creative writing and he is a keen reader and advocate of Australian literature.


DR ROGER CLARKE is the Collection Development Librarian at Federation University Australia. Previously he has worked at Victoria, Swinburne and Monash Universities, and at the State Library of Victoria, in purchasing and collection management. One of a family of bibliophiles, he has a large personal collection of books, concentrating on Australian poetry, military history and exploration.

PROFESSOR ERIK EKLUND holds a chair in Australian history and is the Director of the Centre for Gippsland Studies as well as a member of the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH). He recently completed a term as the Keith Cameron Chair in Australian History at University College Dublin from 2015 to 2016. He is a former Professor and Head of School at Monash University.

GABRIELLA COSLOVICH is an author and freelance journalist. She worked at The Age newspaper in Melbourne for 15 years, specialising in the arts. Her Walkley-winning book of true crime, Whiteley on Trial, was published in October 2017. As a freelancer, she writes for publications including The Age, Good Weekend magazine, and The Australian Financial Review magazine.

NATHAN CURNOW has been writing and performing for nearly 20 years. His books include No Other Life But This, The Ghost Poetry Project, RADAR, and The Right Wrong Notes, with his latest collection of poetry, The Apocalypse Awards (2016), inspired by our collective obsession with the end times.

SARAH EPSTEIN is an Australian author, illustrator and designer who grew up in suburban Sydney and now lives in Melbourne with her husband, two sons and a pup called Luna. Her debut novel Small Spaces, a YA psychological thriller, was shortlisted for The Readings Young Adult Book Prize, a finalist in the Aurealis Awards, and longlisted in the Indie Book Awards.

KIRBY FENWICK is a writer, audio producer and co-host of the podcast Literary Canon Ball. She is also a passionate fan of women’s football, and produces a weekly segment called ‘Voices From The Stands’ for Triple R’s Kick Like A Girl AFLW show. Her audio documentary, The First Friday in February, which tells the story of the first AFLW game, won the 2018 Oral History Victoria Award.



THE HON TIM FISCHER AC was born at Lockhart on 3 May 1946, and was educated at Xavier College in Melbourne, was conscripted into the Australian Army in 1966 and served in The Vietnam War. He entered politics in 1971 and became Deputy Prime Minister in 1996, Ambassador to the Holy See in 2008 and is now a successful book author. From Jetsetters to Jesuits: Bold Bhutan Beckons is his latest book.

CLARE GERVASONI is a museum curator and former art teacher. She has authored and co-authored many books on art education, pre-1900 Italian speakers in Australasia, early European migration, Ballarat School of Mines, and aspects of early goldfields history. She contributes to a regular heritage spot on ABC Regional radio.

BARRY GILL Ballarat identity Barry Gill played with Carlton in the then VFL from 19641972 (132 games), and was a member of their 1968 and 1970 premiership-winning sides. The attacking, rugged defender played alongside some of the game's greatest ever players.

NICOLE HAYES is a co-host of the all-female AFL podcast, The Outer Sanctum. She also teaches and writes fiction, essays and scripts. Her debut novel, The Whole of My World, published in 2013, was shortlisted for a Young Australians Best Book Award. One True Thing, her second, won the Children's Peace Literature Award. She also co-edited an anthology of footy stories, From the Outer: Footy Like You've Never Heard It, with Alicia Sometimes and co-authored A Footy Girls Guide to the Stars of 2017.

DR SARAH HAYES is an archaeologist who explores city living using discarded possessions, building remains and personal histories as evidence. Her current research traces the material life of individuals and families in Melbourne and Bendigo during Victoria’s gold rush. She currently holds tenure at Deakin University, and is coeditor of the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology journal.

JACK HENSELEIT was born on a winter evening in 1991, just after the stroke of midnight. When the weather is dark and stormy, he writes fairy tales – real fairy tales, where witches and goblins play tricks on unwary girls and boys. Not all of the tales have happy endings.The Witching Hours is his first series of middle-years horror novels.



MORENO GIOVANNONI was born in San Ginese but grew up in a house on a hill, on a tobacco farm at Buffalo River in northeast Victoria. He is a freelance translator of long standing. His essay 'The Percheron' was published in Southerly and selected for The Best Australian Essays in 2014. He was recipient of the prestigious Deborah Cass Prize in 2016. The Fireflies of Autumn is his first book, and was shortlisted for the 2018 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction.

ANDREA GOLDSMITH had her first novel, Gracious Living, published in 1989. This was followed by Modern Interiors, Facing the Music, Under the Knife, and The Prosperous Thief, which was short-listed for the 2003 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Reunion was published in 2009, and The Memory Trap was awarded the 2015 Melbourne Prize. Invented Lives is her most recent novel

SHELLEY HINTON has worked across the arts in education, design and arts administration. Her experience as an educator includes teaching in primary school, secondary, tertiary and special education. She is currently Curator for the Post Office Gallery, Federation University Australia.

DR CAROLYN HOLBROOK is the author of Anzac: The Unauthorised Biography which made the shortlist for NSW Premier's History Award 2015 in the category of Australian First World War History. She won a commemorative medal at the NSW History Awards 2015. She also won the Queensland Literary Awards 2015 in the History category.

PROFESSOR DAVID GOODMAN teaches history at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of the 1994 book Gold Seeking: Victoria and California in the 1850s and continues to have an interest in comparative gold rush history, especially in issues like: how did they think about balancing public and private good?

DR ROBYN HUNTER recently competed her PhD, a biography of Bendigo identity Ben George William Knight, in the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History at Federation University Australia. Robyn and the editorial collective started a new journal Before Now that is based in the region. Robyn and the editors are delighted to launch the first ever issue of the journal at Clunes Booktown Festival.



GRAEME JOHNSTONE departed from the Navy in 1972, completed a teaching degree and taught advanced maths and physics mainly in technical schools until 1996 when he took a package to set up a B&B in Clunes Victoria. As well as running the B&B and teaching part time in hospitality and performing arts he has been a volunteer on community boards, an acting extra and is now looking forward to genuine retirement.

KON KARAPANAGIOTIDIS is the CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, the largest independent human rights organisation for refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia. His memoir, The Power of Hope is published by HarperCollins Australia.

STUART KELLS is an author and book-trade historian. His 2015 book Penguin and The Lane Brothers won the Ashurst Business Literature Prize. An authority on rare books, he has written and published on many aspects of print culture and the book world recently writing The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders. Stuart lives in Melbourne with his family.

DAVID MCGINNISS is currently writing a history of the community organisation Child and Family Services Ballarat (CAFS), including its predecessor organisations the Ballarat Orphanage and Ballarat Children’s Homes, dating back to 1865, as part of a PhD with the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History at Federation University.

MICHAEL MCGIRR was a Jesuit for 20 years and a priest for seven. After leaving the church, he became a founding staff member of Eureka Street. He is a regular columnist and reviewer for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. He was fiction editor of Meanjin from 2001to 2005. He currently lives in Yarraville with his wife and three children. Books that Saved My Life was published in 2018.

GEORGE MEGALOGENIS is an author and journalist. The Australian Moment won both a Prime Minister's Literary Award and Walkley Award, and formed the basis for an ABC documentary series, Making Australia Great. He is also author of Faultlines, The Longest Decade, Australia’s Second Chance, and Balancing Act. His latest book is The Football Solution.



PROFESSOR MARILYN LAKE is a historian known for work on the military and war in Australian civil society, the political history of Australian women and Australian racism including the White Australia Policy and the movement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander human rights. She has held academic positions at Monash, La Trobe, Harvard and Melbourne Universities and authored numerous prize-winning books.

KIRSTYN MCDERMOTT writes horror fiction. Her first book is Madigan Mine. She was born in Newcastle. After completing a BA at Newcastle University, she moved to Melbourne. Her writing has been recognised with Aurealis, Ditmar and Chronos awards, as well as publication in literary and genre journals including Island, Southerly and GUD.

DR BEN MOUNTFORD is Senior Lecturer in History at the Australian Catholic University. He is the author of Britain, China, & Colonial Australia (2016) and co-editor of Fighting Words: Fifteen Books That Shaped the Postcolonial World (2017) and A Global History of Gold Rushes (2018).

PADDY O’REILLY is the author of three novels, two collections of award-winning short stories, and a novella. Her novels have been shortlisted for major awards, and her stories have been widely published, anthologised and broadcast in Australia and overseas. Peripheral Vision is her latest collection of short stories.

JOSH POMARE is an award winning writer who has had work published in journals including Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Takahe and Mascara Literary Review. He has hosted the On Writing podcast since 2015 featuring bestselling authors from around the globe. He was born in New Zealand and resides in Melbourne with his wife. Call Me Evie is his first novel.



DR MEGAN PONSFORD is a historian, author and cricketing devotee. Megan worked as a research officer at Monash University and completed her PhD at Federation University Australia. She is the author Home Ground (Hardie Grant, 2003) and number of other publications. In 2013 she was an A.G.L Shaw fellow at the State Library of Victoria.

ALICE PUNG is an award-winning writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in Melbourne. She is the bestselling author of Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter and the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson. Her first novel, Laurinda, won the Ethel Turner Prize at the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Her most recent book is Close to Home (2018).

MICHAEL ROWE grew up in Clunes and joined the fire brigade at a young age. In 1989 he moved to Cape Clear, where he has been Captain since 2010. Over the past few years he has brought roadside burning to a new level by devising a plan that allows both sides of the road to be burnt simultaneously and safely.

JOCK SERONG is the author of Quota, winner of the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction; The Rules of Backyard Cricket, was shortlisted for the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Award for Fiction, plus a finalist for the 2017 MWA Edgar Awards for Best Paperback Original, and finalist for the 2017 INDIES Adult Mystery Book of the Year; On the Java Ridge, was shortlisted for the 2018 Indie Awards. His most recent novel, Preservation has won the 2018 Staunch Prize.


PROFESSOR KEIR REEVES holds a research chair at Federation University Australia and is the foundation director of the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH). His recent publications include Heritage and Memory of War: Responses from Small Islands. He co-convened the highly successful AHA 2016 Conference From Boom to Bust through CRCAH in Ballarat.

ALICIA SOMETIMES is an Australian writer, poet and broadcaster. She was a 2014 Fellow at the State Library of Victoria and was writer and director of the science-poetry show, Elemental. Her most recent show Particle/Wave, featured in the Melbourne Festival 2018. She has written two poetry collections, kissing the curve and Soundtrack. She is the co-editor with Nicole Hayes of From the Outer and coauthor of A Footy Girls Guide.


GEORGINA REID is editor and creative director of The Planthunter – a unique, irreverent and thoughtful website celebrating connections between people and plants. She is also a columnist for The Design Files and Country Style magazine. Her new book also takes the name of The Planthunter.

GABRIELLE WANG is an author and illustrator born in Melbourne of Chinese heritage. She has written many books and won many awards. The Beast of Hushing Wood, for middle readers, came out in 2017 and her latest book is the sequel to the award-winning A Ghost in my Suitcase which was adapted for a theatre production for the 2019 Sydney Festival. Her new book is called Ting Ting the Ghosthunter.

PETER ROSE is the Editor and CEO of Australian Book Review. His books include a family memoir, Rose Boys (2001), which won the National Biography Award in 2003. He has published two novels and six poetry collections, most recently The Subject of Feeling (UWA Publishing, 2015).

ERIN WILLIAMS is an architectural historian based at RBA. She worked closely on writing the report for the Clunes Former Free Lending Library conservation project funded by the Hugh D Williamson Foundation. She has also worked on a number of goldfields heritage projects including thematic histories of key towns throughout the region.

GRAEME WILLIAMS is a retired architect and building surveyor with an abiding interest in the visual arts and Melbourne’s cultural history both as a collector, curator and organiser of an art discussion series.


Pre-Festival Friday Lunch with author Fiona Lowe The delights of the Clunes Booktown Festival kick off on Friday 3 May with a special lunch and author talk at the RACV Goldfields Resort, Creswick. Fiona Lowe is the bestselling Australian author of Daughter of Mine and Birthright. Join Fiona at a pre-Festival lunch to hear her talk about her engrossing new novel, Home Fires.

When a lethal bushfire tore through Myrtle, nestled in Victoria's breathtaking Otway Ranges, the town's buildings and the lives of its residents - were left as smouldering ash. With her sharp eye for human foibles, bestselling author Fiona Lowe writes an evocative tale of everyday people fighting for themselves, their families and their town - as only this distinctively Australian storyteller can. Friday, 3 May 12.00 – 2:00pm | Cost: $55 per person, includes 2 course lunch and beverage on arrival To book please call the Resort on 03 5345 9600 and quote “Booktown”.

BOOKTOWN ON SUNDAY brings great authors to Clunes once a month to talk about their latest book and engage with a local audience about their writing, inspiration and love of the written word. This is a chance to enjoy stimulating discussions about books all year round. Booktown on Sunday happens on the third Sunday of each month in The Warehouse – Clunes, Fraser Street at 2pm.

SUNDAY 19 MAY 2019 KATE MILDENHALL Skylarking Kate and Harriet are best friends, growing up together on an isolated Australian cape in the 1880s. As daughters of the lighthouse keepers, the two girls share everything, until a fisherman, McPhail, arrives in their small community. When Kate witnesses the desire that flares between him and Harriet, she is torn by her feelings of envy and longing. But one moment in McPhail’s hut will change the course of their lives forever. Inspired by a true story, Skylarking is a stunning debut novel about friendship, love and loss, one that questions what it is to remember and how tempting it can be to forget.

SUNDAY 16 JUNE 2019 ANN BLAINEY Charles Kingsford Smith: King of the Air A revealing portrait of a brilliant and troubled figure – a daredevil of the skies Charles Kingsford Smith was the most commanding flyer of the golden age of aviation. In three short years, he broke records with his astounding and daring voyages: the first trans-Pacific flight from America to Australia, the first flight across the Tasman, the first non-stop crossing of the Australian mainland. He did it all with such courage, modesty and charm that Australia and the world fell in love with him. A tickertape parade was held in his honour on New York’s Fifth Avenue. At home, he became a national hero, ‘Our Smithy’. 34 CLUNES BOOKTOWN FESTIVAL 2019

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Philip Mead Tim Nolan Kate O'Halloran Paddy O'Reilly Louise Permezel Andrew Reeves Keir Reeves Peter Rose Mark Rubbo Michelle Scott-Tucker


Clunes Makers' Market Established in 2015 the Clunes Makers’ Market is a locally run designer artisan event. Celebrating the seasonal changes throughout the region. The Clunes Makers’ Market hosts 3 - 4 events per year and aims to support and promote local, regional and Victorian artists, makers, crafters and artisan food producers to exhibit their hand made products and promote their businesses. Set against the historic back drop of Clunes, the Clunes Makers’ Market is focussed on bringing visitors to the region as a destination to enjoy. The village comes alive and due to the increased popularity, the events are now attracting 80 traders and close to 3000 visitors.

Words Into Print The former State School Bailey Street Clunes The Lee Medlyn Collections presents the influence of handwriting on type design with behind the scene film description of the traditional making of a book from design to printshop. A tribute to some of the authors, editors, designers, publishers and printers who pioneered the Australian Book Industry. Films of the art of book printing and displays of early writing equipment


CLUNES FARMERS’ MARKET The second Sunday of the month

CRESWICK MARKET The third Saturday of the month

TALBOT FARMERS’ MARKET The third Sunday of the month

WORDS IN WINTER Hepburn Shire and surrounding districts every August


Open 9am – 5pm | Gold Coin Donation | Children Free

The Four Seasons Fine Music Festival St Paul's Church Hall, Templeton Street Clunes

La Busca Tango Trio A concert of music and dance Saturday May 4th @ 6pm

The Australian Chamber Choir Presenting J.S Bach's acclaimed St.John's Passion Sunday May 5th @ 2pm Tickets:

Clunes Artists' Group Clunes Artists’ Group will be exhibiting in the Foyer of the Warehouse for the 2019 Booktown Festival. Take a break from book hunting and relax browsing the work of this talented group. The theme is Clunes, its buildings and landscapes. As well as the individual pieces of art, both 2D and 3D, the group project for the year will be displayed. The group project is a wooden tiled mural of the Town Hall. The mural consists of 20 tiles. Each tile was worked by a different artist, in isolation, not aware of others. Selected pieces for sale. Enquiries: Marlene Tozer 0409 355 857


CREATIVE CLUNES INC. PUBLIC FUND Would you like to support the long term future of Creative Clunes and Booktown, support the community of Clunes and receive tax deductibility? Your donation will assist Creative Clunes in promoting awareness of Australian arts, writing and ideas through cultural events such as the Clunes Booktown Festival, the Clunes Ceramic Award and the Booktown on Sunday author talks Donations can be made directly to the Public Fund: BSB 633 000, ACC 135 784 965 or by cheque payable to Creative Clunes Public Fund.

The Public Fund is administered by three independent Trustees: - Dr Joanne Love, Medical Practitioner - Mr James Kerin JP, Pharmacist - Mr Victor Szwed, Retired Local Government CEO Under the terms of the Register of Cultural Organisations and in order for the donations to be tax deductible, donations need to be given unconditionally.

Enquiries regarding the Public Fund may be directed to: The Secretary, Creative Clunes Public Fund, PO Box 287, Clunes VIC, 3370 or send an email to Clunes Booktown Festival supports the Big Issue, a fortnightly independent magazine that is sold on the streets by homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people.

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Contact: Paul and Jane Lesock Mobile: 0457 367 718 | Email: WWW.CLUNESBOOKTOWN.COM.AU 37

CLUNES BOOKTOWN FESTIVAL CLUNES BOOKTOWN FESTIVAL is a Creative Clunes Inc initiative. We are a member of the International Organisation of Booktowns. A book town is a small rural town or village in which second–hand and antiquarian bookshops are concentrated. Most Booktowns have developed in villages of historic interest or of scenic beauty. The concept was initiated by Richard Booth of Hay–on–Wye in Wales. The Booktown offers an exemplary model of sustainable rural development and tourism. It is one of the most successful new tourism developments and it is being followed in many countries around the world. ABN 438 469 595 41 PO Box 287, Clunes 3370 03 5345 3947 BOARD OF CREATIVE CLUNES Chair: Andrew Reeves Deputy Chair: Amy Dainton Treasurer: Chris O’Donnell Secretary: Richard Mackay-Scollay (ex-officio) Members: Richard Gilbert, Ember Parkin, Tim Parkin, Mick King, Leslie Falkiner-Rose, Neal Jedwab


Creative Clunes Inc is responsible for the presentation of the annual Booktown Festival, monthly Booktown on Sunday author talks, the annual Words in Winter Festival in Clunes and the BiAnnual Clunes Ceramic Award. STAFF Program Developer / Coordinator: Louise Permezel CEO: Richard Mackay-Scollay Administrator: Sharon Hughes Administrative Assistance: Lily Mason, Sharalyn Rozanski, Jordan Rozanski Logistics Coordinators: Tim Parkin, Ray Skinner, Vaughan Brown Kids’ Village Coordinator: Ember Parkin Volunteer Coordinators: Lois Nichols, Leslie Scott Volunteer Registration: Jane Lesock

Straw Bale Maze Design: Marion Anderson Service Street Entry Design: Tom Ripon Interactive Map: Clayton Edwards THE FOUNDERS Dr Tess Brady Tim Hayes Linda Newitt Graeme Johnstone SPECIAL THANKS TO: Jacqui at Union Bank Artscentre Clunes Neighbourhood House Clunes Free Lending Library Clunes Museum Clunes Landcare and Waterways Group Wesley College Staff and Students All Nations Lodge Clunes CFA Clunes Tourism and Development Association Clunes Agricultural Society

Food Vendor Coordinators: Ed and Geraldine Bradley

Clunes Young Farmers

Accommodation Advisors: Graeme and June Johnstone

ChillOut Festival

Media/Publicity: Emily Osmond (; Ali Webb (House Of Webb) Graphic Design: Sahm Keily Festival Photographer: Chloe Smith

Daylesford Macedon Tourism

The Festival would not be possible without the ongoing support of the local community and the volunteers who donate their time and energy. Their enormous contribution is greatly appreciated.





Many thanks to McPhersons Printing Group for their ongoing and generous support in printing our program, posters, flyers and bookmarks. Many of our authors are printed by McPhersons Printing Group including Gabrielle Wang, Jock Serong, Alice Pung, Tony Birch, Kon Karapanagiotidis, Alicia Sometimes, Danielle Binks, Jane Caro, George Megalogenis and Josh Pomare. WWW.CLUNESBOOKTOWN.COM.AU 39

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