Bookworms rejoice at fair’s return


Newcastle’s Lifeline Book Fair returns this October long weekend after a four-year hiatus.

The much-loved event, previously known as Bookfest, was last held in 2015.

Lifeline Hunter Central Coast’s PR, marketing and fundraising manager, Emma Askew, cited a lack of storage and volunteer manpower as the main reason for the break.

“The ongoing cost was too much,” she said.

The organisation has partnered with its Canberran counterpart to revive the book fair.

“Canberra Lifeline Book Fair is held every year and they have a dedicated warehouse where volunteers sort book donations year-round,” Ms Askew added.

“So, any surplus gets delivered to Newcastle.”

More than 20,000 pre-loved books sorted into 60 categories will be for sale when the fair makes its grand return to 35/54 Clyde Street,

Hamilton North (behind the Lifeline Shop) from Saturday 5 to Monday 7 October.

The biggest section is adult fiction, but there will also be an area dedicated to children’s books on sale from $1 each, as well as CDs and DVDs.

Lifeline Hunter Central Coast aims to raise $30,000 through the fundraiser, which will support the cost of training new telephone crisis supporters as well as fund its local, face-to-face counselling service.

The organisation is seeking more volunteers to help set up, run and pack up after the fair, which will run from 9am to 4pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday and Monday.

The fair already has about 30 volunteers – some of them corporate – on board.

If you are interested in volunteering, phone Lifeline’s business development manager, Jason Fox, on 0488 002 185.

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