Once a year in the little country town of Clunes, book lovers flock to the area in search of new books to add to their libraries. Here readers and collectors can search amongst the stalls to find their own hidden treasures, lunch with the authors they admire, listen to music, watch street performers, take a horse and cart ride and talk books with other literary lovers. There is music, food, fashion and accessories and most importantly books. There are also activities for children like the hay bale maze, readings, stalls, and a very cute parade filled with wizardry enthusiasts.
This year was my first year attending the festival. I had been wanting to go for years and I was not disappointed in the slightest. They had everything from new releases to books published hundreds of years ago. Some stalls are overpriced (as some people markup for events like this) but most were reasonable and there were a lot of bargains.
A beautiful red version of ‘A Clever Daughter‘ by Mrs Henry Clarke M.A. This book was gorgeous and I am always a sucker for a beautiful book. This was also obviously well loved and I was right. The seller said she had had that book for over 50 years and had loved it since she was a child. I had to take it then. All books deserve to be loved.
A gorgeous black leather bound book of John Milton’s Poetry. The book was obviously well loved and cared for. Seeing such a book I had to take it home to ensure it would continue to be loved in the way it deserved. I have wanted to own my own book of Milton since studying Poetry in high school and read excerpts of perhaps one of the most famous works of poetry of all time – Paradise Lost. Poetry can be an acquired taste but once you understand and pull it apart, it is well worth the investment of time and discussion.
Aren’t they all gorgeous? I was so happy with all my purchases! I love them all! I must admit, quite a bit of money was spent but it is worth it in the end. To own such beautiful stories, books and illustrations. To hold them and be able to hand it down and share them with people I love and who I know will love it as well. That is why I buy books. To ensure they are loved as they deserve.
If you want to find your own treasures at the Clunes Book Festival, it occurs in early May each year. Tickets are available on-line and at the door. I highly recommend you go!
Feature image was taken from Clunes Booktown Facebook page
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