It’s a sad fact of life that bookshops are rapidly dwindling. There are few things I enjoy more than losing myself among the shelves, surrounded by adventures, mysteries and thrillers. Nothing beats the smell and feel of paperbacks. I’ve discovered many brilliant books that way, more than I’ve been able to find by browsing online. Sometimes, you just have to be there!
Fortunately, we still have some great shops in Australia. National Bookshops Day – this Saturday, August 9 – is a way we can support and celebrate them. Bookshops throughout the country will be running bookish events, including launches, author readings and signings. And I’m going to take part!!
The Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft, Sydney, is renowned for its range of great kids’ books and exciting events. I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to take part in their National Bookshop Day celebrations. There’ll be book launches, a ‘living window’ with illustrator Serena Geddes, a demonstration by Manga artist Matthew Lin, and a writing relay.
The writing relay involves a panel of writers building up a story, one sentence at a time. It’s passed on to the next writer, and the story grows! Such a great idea, and it promises to be a lot of fun. Writers on the panel will be Frances Watts, Ursula Dubosarsky, Deborah Abela, John Larkin and me!
I can’t wait, and I hope you can join us 🙂