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Booktown to double

Booktown fun: The hay bale maze will be back again in the Clunes Booktown Kids Village, which has been expanded to include a large global map with moveable icons and book character face-painting. Picture: suppliedMORE details about the Clunes Booktown programhave been released as the festival edges closer.
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The event will celebrate its 10thyear between April 30 and May 1, with organisers doubling the program in size and range.

The author talk program is so extensive this year that organisers will now run the program from two main venues, rather than the one used in previous years.

The annual booklovers festival, the country’s largest collection of rare, out-of-print and collectable books,will attract 70 book traders along with 18,000people to the village of Clunes, which has a population of 2000.

Festivalartistic directorAilsa Brackley du Bois said some of the new events to be offered in 2016 included a performance by the Thursday Monas in the St Thomas Acquinas Church and a “show and tell” presentation on the life of Agatha Christie.

Teenage-specific entertainment has also been included, with the MadSwan Choral Speakersand a range of other actsincluding ‘Run away and join the circus!’workshops and ‘Chalk & Talk’ with Bernard Caleo onzines and superheroes.

Other festival drawcards include the horse and cart rides, ‘Jacques’ the juggling, unicycle-ridingFrench waiter, the ‘Boat Chorus’ improvised singing ensemble, and pop-up Shakespeare sonnets fromFederation Universityperforming arts students.

“There will be author talks on our established strength areas such as political memoir and biography, Goldfields history and quality literature,” Ms du Bois said.

“However, we are also expanding into new genres by introducing speakers on travel and photographyalong with panel sessions on emerging authors, writing for teens and the independent publishing scene inthe UK and Australia.”

Also new to the line up and drawing on this year’s theme is the State Library of Victoria’s cartography exhibition of early county, parish and township maps of Clunes.

The Kids Villagewith its popular hay bale maze is being expanded to include new featuressuch as a large global map with moveable icons, book character face-painting and the Mini-Monas Children’s Choir.

Tickets are available at the four entrances to the event and are $10 for a weekend pass, which includes allauthors talks. Children under 14 years are free.

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