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Melbourne Art Book Fair comes to Ballarat with six free events | The mail

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For the first time ever, the Melbourne Art Book Fair is coming to regional Victoria with six free events this weekend. Ballarat’s new second-hand bookshop, Everybody Knows Books, worked with the National Gallery of Victoria to organize the events. Everybody Knows Books, Midtown Cellars and the Art Gallery of Ballarat are hosting the events, which include talks by Beaufort author Nicole Kelly, Ballarat writer Melissa Watts and Ballarat artist Suzanne McRae of Hip Hip Decay . Ballarat’s Shawline Publishing Group will speak on independent publishing while writer, coach and editor Pat Grayson will lead a workshop. IN OTHER NEWS: Everybody Knows Books owners John and Marion Butler say there’s a lot going on in the Ballarat arts scene and they want to support the authors, artists, publishers and performers of the town. “We thought MABF events would be a good platform to showcase these artists and authors,” Mr. Butler said. “There is a great creative community in Ballarat.” The Butlers store, which opened in July, offers thousands of second-hand books, but also sells books from Ballarat and regional authors. Butler said he hoped to meet other authors and artists whose work has been published. “We do our best to sell copies, you never know what it can lead to,” he said. Everybody Knows Books, located off Eastwood Street Coles, provides a comfortable and calming space for the public to browse books. “It’s open and welcoming with chairs. It has a calming atmosphere and that’s what John and I love. We hope we’ll be here for a long time,” Ms Butler said. The Melbourne Art Book Fair is part of Melbourne Design Week 2022, an initiative of the Victorian Government in conjunction with the NGV. Mr. Butler worked with NGV to organize six free Ballarat events as part of the MABF and liaised with the Ballarat Art Gallery in relation to the event in conversation with gallery curator Kiri Smart and Suzanne McRae . The Ballarat MABF events will take place on March 26 and 27. For more information and event details, visit Our team of local journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the Ballarat community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: