Thousands of books land on Surfers beach ahead of Writers’ Festival

Thousands of books have landed on the Gold Coast’s iconic Surfers Paradise beach ahead of the 2018 annual Somerset Celebration of Literature festival in March.

To commemorate the festival’s 25th year and following the success of last year’s three-day pop-up library on Surfers Paradise beach, the pop-up library has returned with 10 days of literary fun, live book readings and outdoor entertainment.

From 10am to 4pm daily until Sunday 18 February, visitors will be able to pick up a complimentary new or previously loved library book from bookcases lined on the sands of Surfers Paradise beach, as they mosey around the precinct or lie by the ocean.


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The pop-up library will take place alongside the free, family-friendly Sand Safari Arts Festival.

Somerset Celebration of Literature Festival Chairperson Michael Brohier said the College was thrilled to be working with Surfers Paradise Alliance and City of Gold Coast (City) Libraries to deliver a unique experience to the local community.

“We are so excited to bring back the pop-up library even bigger and better this year; it’s fantastic to be working with Surfers Paradise Alliance and their award-winning Sand Safari Arts Festival, and the City of Libraries’ exceptional ‘Books Set Free’ scheme to create an experience that will excite visitors and spread the love of reading and writing within our vibrant city,” he said.

“We will have a host of talented local authors visiting the pop-up library each Saturday at 11am and 12pm for live book readings including Dave Hartley, Scott Prince, Samantha Wheeler and Chris Collin who will engage with visitors as they bring their books to life on the beach.”

The 10-day pop-up library is expected to see over 8,000 books donated and set free into the community, with bookcases being filled with previously loved library books, as well as generous donations from the local community who kindly joined efforts to spread the book magic.

Throughout the duration of the pop-up library, the community is encouraged to continue to donate any unwanted and previously loved books to the pop-up library by dropping off books they would like to set free between 10am and 4pm until Sunday 18 February.

The purpose of the pop-up library is to help Somerset Celebration of Literature Festival commemorate its 25th year by continuing to celebrate the written word and spread the love of reading and writing across the entire community.

Held from 14 to 16 March, the 25th annual Somerset Celebration of Literature Festival will see more than 30 of the country’s celebrated authors and illustrators converge on the Gold Coast to inspire the next generation of writers and avid readers with an action-packed line up of author sessions, networking events, workshops, panels and free, family-friendly community events set to take over the Gold Coast.

For more information about the festival program and specific event details, please visit SomersetCofL.org.au.

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