BUYING UP: Marion Nowell buying as many books as she could carry at the Lifeline Bookfest on Saturday morning.
BUYING UP: Marion Nowell buying as many books as she could carry at the Lifeline Bookfest on Saturday morning. Jonno Colfs

A Bookfest for bookworms

HUNDREDS of happy Warwick bookworms wriggled themselves down to the Lifeline Bookfest at St Mary's Hall over the weekend.

Organiser Suzie Byrnes from Toowoomba said the turnout over the Friday night and Saturday had been great.

"When we opened the doors last night (Friday) there were people queueing up outside in the cold," she said.

"I've been really thrilled with the numbers through the door.

"There have been a lot of young families which is really encouraging to see.

"It's also extremely encouraging that people are buying these books knowing that the money will be used to fund the region's Lifeline services.

"Services that include; suicide prevention, counselling and the Lifeline hotline, which people can reach on 131114."

The Bookfest has been running as an annual event in Toowoomba, but the weekend's Bookfest to Warwick was the first for five years.

Miss Byrnes said the possibility of Warwick getting its own annual Bookfest will depend on the success of the past couple of days.

"The future looks pretty positive though," she said.

On hand to sample the literary wares was Warwick woman, Marion Nowell, a self-confessed bookworm.

"I read about the Bookfest in the paper and being a bookworm, I had to come down," she said.

"To be honest, I was a little surprised to see quite so many people here.

"It's thrilling to see so many people interested.

"I didn't think there were that many readers left, who read actual books and not just online or on a Kindle.

"I have a TV, but I don't watch it. That's for the grandchildren when they come over.

"I think it's easier to just pick up a book, I just read, and read.

"There's a really good selection here, lots of sci-fi and kids books.

"I'll definitely be coming back next year."



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