A UQ student whose favourite method of procrastination is getting out of the house and enjoying what Brisbane has to offer.
If you love to trawl through second hand stores for bargain books then get excited because the Lifeline Bookfest will have tens of thousands of pre-loved books all in one place this January.
For many (myself included), the Bookfest is the most anticipated event of the year. For one week, an enormous hall at the Brisbane Convention Centre will be filled with trestle tables loaded with board games, magazines, CDs, DVDs and of course books of every genre and topic you can think of.
Items are priced from as low as 20 cents up to $8-10 for the better quality books or more for first editions and out of print books. Take green bags, prams, trolleys or whatever you can to carry the stack of treasures you will find and be prepared to spend an entire day, or even two, searching through each and every pile of books.
All proceeds raised from book sales help fund Lifelines many counselling services.
The Lifeline Bookfest will be at the Convention Centre, Halls 3 and 4, in Southbank from Saturday the 14th until the Sunday the 22nd of January and is free to enter. Parking is available at the Convention Centre or there is plenty of public transport nearby though it may a struggle to cart all your purchases home on the train.
Weeeee! I want to go so badly. Every year I say I'm going to go and something always pops up that doesn't allow me to. But this coming January, I vow that I will be there. And sift through every pile of books I will! Nicely written article.
On the first day, the queues to pay are very long, and the isles are so packed with people that looking at the books is difficult. After the first day, the quality of the books isn't as high. Bookfest is good, but it's not the "most anticipated event of the year".
Speak for yourself Micha! I look forward to Bookfest more than Christmas! As for the queues and book quality, I recommend going in first thing on the first day (this year it opens at 8:30am) and while the high quality section gets very busy, the cheaper sections are usually far less crowded and much easier to navigate.
The cheaper sections are just as crowded as the High Quality section, especially on the first day. Hundreds and hundreds of people, literally, will bunch around the entrances at 8.30. Over the last few years, the organisers have improved the situation, but it can still take ages to reach a counter.