Third time’s a charm for Lifeline’s Brisbane Bookfest

December 16, 2022
  • 1.2 million books to explore (more than ever before)
  • Free to enter
  • Rain, hail or hot sunshine – perfect school holiday entertainment

Brisbane, prepare to lose yourself in a world of books at Lifeline's Bookfest, taking place at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Saturday, 14 January 2023.

A mammoth 1.2 million books are being priced, prepped and prepared to join their new home when the much-loved event returns next month.

Jamie Mackay, Lifeline Retail’s General Manager, said just like Santa’s elves, Lifeline’s incredible team are busily getting ready for the blockbuster event.

“Right now, our teams are stacking over 1,000 crates full of books of every category and genre – which will be laid out and waiting for people to explore when we open the doors on Saturday the 14th,” he said.

Mr Mackay smiled as he explained that despite the day before being ‘Friday the 13th’, this time, they can’t be unlucky.

“We think it’s our turn to be lucky, as our last two January Bookfests (in 2021 and 2022) were cancelled due to COVID – so this really is third time’s a charm,” he said.

“The January Bookfest is our biggest fundraising event and being in the summer holidays, it is somewhere to bring the whole family— no matter the weather conditions, it’s free to enter, and you can come choose from an incredible range of books at sensational prices.”

Mr Mackay said he was looking forward to the Brisbane community coming out to enjoy the event and support an important cause.

“Our free 24/7 Crisis Support services are continuing to be in high demand, and Bookfest is vital in raising funds for the support service (phone, text and online chat),” he said.

“With the previous two January Bookfest events cancelled, it left quite a gaping hole in our funds. So this year, we are planning on bringing more books than ever before.

“We will be restocking across the 10 days, so you can be assured, even if you’ve come once, it’ll be worth coming back to explore again,” Mr Mackay said.

Books start as low as $2.50, with a plethora of great reads across all genres, including cooking, health and fitness, gardening, history, biography, children’s books and much more.

Categories of books will include:

Animals; art and music; Australiana; biography; children’s books; computers; cooking; economics; gardening; hardback fiction; health; history; hobbies; humour and oddities; languages other than English; literature and classics; magazines; paperback fiction; Penguins and Pelicans; philosophy; reference; religion; science; science fiction; sociology; sport; textbooks; travel; and vehicles and war craft, as well as comics, puzzles and games.

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Event details

Dates: Saturday 14 January to Sunday 22 January
Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane
- Saturday 14 January 7:30 am to 7pm
- Sunday-Thursday, 15-19 January 8:30 am to 6pm
- Friday 20 January 8:30am to 7pm
- Saturday & Sunday 21-22 January 8:30am-6pm

Things to remember

  • It is a cashless event, bring you credit/EFTPOS card

Volunteers needed

The success of Bookfest is thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who generously give up their time. We are still looking for volunteers for this event. To find out more go here.

For more information, please contact:
Lauren Barrett, 0423 652 588

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