It has been a long and exhausting day but so much fun! I spent the day at the Clunes Booktown Festival that is held each year in a small country town outside Melbourne. What started out as an overcast and chilly morning continued on to be the most beautiful day! Add in a town full of books and some good company and you have the recipe for a fantastic adventure.
From the very first stall I expected that I would be in a lot of trouble – I have very little self-control when it comes to buying books and there were so many good ones to choose from. Surprisingly, I didn’t come away with too many purchases but I did find some fantastic treasures!
After a few hours of browsing books, we dropped in on two of the author talks on the program. We were lucky enough to see Omar Musa (author of Here Come the Dogs) and Emily Bitto, author of The Strays and winner of the 2015 Stella Prize! Musa was brilliant with his readings from his book. He is a highly intelligent and articulate person with exceptional control of the English language. He is a slam poet, a hip-hop artist and a writer; he commanded the attention of the audience and rewarded us with his honest prose. Emily was a little on the quieter side but I was quite excited to meet her. I loved reading and reviewing her book and I am happy she won the Stella Prize this year. I was able to sneak in a quiet moment with her in the Readings tent after her book signing and was able to ask a couple of questions! I was surprised by her answers but pleased at the same time!
Here are some photos of the day plus my lovely purchases – I can’t wait to go back next year!
Omar Musa – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZfJsOGOxnw