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by Mei Mafinda (subscribe)
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Spend the weekend celebrating wonderful books
Colder weather is here. It's a time when we retreat into the warmth of our abodes, and what better way to spend wintry days and nights than immersed in a good read by the fire?



Maleny Celebration of Books invites fellow bibliophiles, writers, wordsmiths, literary folk and those passionate about literacy, to celebrate all things books. Taking place over the weekend on Friday-Sunday, the 13th-15th July, this is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring writers to gain inspiration, rediscover the wonder of books, unlock the writer within, and to discover the work of poets, authors and illustrators, flourishing on the Sunshine Coast and Australia.

This is a yearly event with interesting and creative workshops, along with free and ticketed events in store.

Just to highlight a few of the celebratory events, on Saturday 14th, there'll be a Bumper Book Sale taking place at the Maleny library, where a selection of rare books, DVD's, and children's books can be found. Rummaging through piles of pre-loved books you just may find an excellent read!

If your children love reading stories, a beautiful display of illustrations and children's books by Aleesah Darlison, Emma Middleton and Kerry Ide, can be seen exhibited the Maleny library. The Sunshine Storytime Party is where children can dress up as their favourite characters and listen to some of the best Sunshine Coast children's authors read their books. At this event, books will be on sale for signing. Both of these events are free.

Emma Middelton illustration- image taken from the Maleny Celebration of books website


Kerry Ide illustration-image from Maleny Celebration of books website


For lovers of poetry and poets amongst us seeking inspiration, Angela Gardner, Brett Dionysius, MTC Cronin, Robyn Nugent will perform their poems at the Maleny Community Precinct. Angela Gardner will also host a poetry writing workshop on Friday for those budding poets.

There will be a screening of the film "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society" showing at the Maleny Community Centre on Saturday evening. From the makers of "The Best Marigold Hotel", this film is an adaptation of Mary Ann Shaffer's popular novel about a book club on the island of Guernsey in the second world war. The cast includes Michiel Huisman, Lily James, Matthew Goode, and the wonderful Penelope Wilton.

Maleny Film Society presents "The Guernsey literary and potato peel society- image from Maleny Celebration of books website


On Sunday, ABC Radio's Kate Evans will chat to three acclaimed Australian authors at Rosetta Bookstore. Trent Dalton, author of ''Boy Swallows Universe', Mirandi Riwoe, author of novella "The Fish Girl,' and Sally Piper will talk about their novels.

So if you want to attend any workshops, and/or writer talks, during the festival head to the Maleny Celebration of Books website to book your space so you don't miss out. You'll see me scouring through piles of novels for some reading treasures at the bumper booksale!


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Why? To celebrate books and writing
When: 13-15 July
Where: Maleny Village
Cost: Free and paid events
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