bookshopIt’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!national bookshops day

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 🙂

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9 thoughts on “National Bookshops Day – join our celebration!

  1. annamayfair says:

    What a fun event. I so love bookstores and the feel of a real book. Hopefully we can all work toward saving the book store in every country because it is important for our futures. All the best for you with this event.

    1. Stella says:

      Thanks! Events like this are great, especially when we can get kids involved.

  2. I won’t be able to join you, Stella, and it’s too bad because this event sounds great and the kind I enjoy too.
    The writing relay is a cool idea as well. I hope that you’ll meet many young readers. Enjoy!

    1. Have a ball up there with your peers! You must post a wrap of the event so we can peer in – especially those of us OS.

      1. Stella says:

        Yes, I will! Thanks for taking time from your holiday to keep up with my posts! Hope you’re having a great time and see you in a few weeks 🙂

      2. See you soon. Your posts are a pleasure.

    2. Stella says:

      Thanks, Evelyne, it’s a shame you can’t be here!

      1. How did it go?

      2. Stella says:

        It was brilliant! I loved interacting with the kids and rubbing shoulders with some wonderful writers. The bookshop gave me the stellar treatment (I’ve always wanted to say that!)

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