A UQ student whose favourite method of procrastination is getting out of the house and enjoying what Brisbane has to offer.
An event that will get any bookworm out of the house
Did you miss the January Lifeline Bookfest this year? Don't despair at having to wait a whole year until the next one because the event returns in a few short months from June 7-10.
The January sale managed to break records for the amount of money raised, with a huge $1.18 million going towards the Lifeline Crisis Support Line. That's a whole lot of second-hand books going to new homes! But don't worry, there will be plenty more just waiting to be picked up at the mid-year event.
The shorter mid-year event runs for only four days over the Queen's Birthday long weekend from 8:30am-4pm each day. Held at the Convention Centre in South Brisbane, the Bookfest fills several halls with rows and rows of trestle tables then covers every inch of them with pre-loved books.
Divided into three separate sections, the books range from the older and slightly dog-eared tomes for $1 (children's books at 2 for $1, bargain!), to the merely well-thumbed books for $2.50 each, to the high-quality, almost new books which will be individually priced. These high-quality books range from around $6 for a recent, best-seller novel or children's book, $10 for a pristine cookbook to $20 for a good textbook or coffee table book.
There's more than just books too, with magazines, board games (bring back the family games night!), stationary, CD's and DVD's. So take more than one bag or trolley or you may find yourself staggering under the weight of a tower of treasures! I myself can never leave without at least half a dozen cookbooks, multiple bags full of paperbacks and a pile of old food magazines.
Coffee and sustenance are on offer at the rear of the halls, something you may need if you plan to browse every table. To get there and away, paid parking is available at the Convention Centre or public transport, including train, bus and ferry, is easily accessible from nearby South Bank. Be prepared for crowds (and plenty of dust from all those old books) as the Lifeline Bookfest grows in popularity each and every year.