on April 10, 2018 See + Do

Celebrating books and conversations

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The annual Clunes Booktown Festival will return to the region in May, transforming the iconic goldrush town into a thriving thoroughfare of literary art.

The two-day event will be held on May 5 and 6, with Clunes's main street created into a mystical landscape of books, books, and more books.

Festival-goers will have the chance to fossick through rare and collectible books, go inside heritage buildings, listen to live music, sample sampling local food and wine, watch street performers, visit exhibitions, and immerse themselves in the stories of the past, present and future.

Creative Clunes chair Tim Nolan said the special event was all about celebrating books and great conversations.

"Not only does this festival celebrate the love of books, and everything about them, but it also shines a light on regional Victoria generally, and specifically on Clunes: a small rural town in country Victoria renowned across the globe as a hub of ideas and the arts,” he said.

Clunes is a member of the International Organisation of Booktowns, the only one in Australia. A Booktown is a small, regional, community-focused town with a concentration of booksellers – mainly secondhand or antiquarian bookshops.