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Lifeline Bookfest 2021

Time to stock up on soap opera-themed cookbooks and other treasures you didn't know you needed.
By Concrete Playground
May 31, 2021
By Concrete Playground
May 31, 2021

UPDATE, July 5, 2021: Following Brisbane's lockdown, Lifeline Bookfest reopened on Sunday, July 4, and will now run for an extra two days. The event will finish up on Tuesday, July 6, and masks are mandatory for all attendees.


This winter, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is hosting a sales event of most peculiar stock. Strange things they are, full of pages, rampant with words and with covers of the most beautiful colours. You can't charge them, they don't run out of battery, their brightness is unalterable, and they won't smash when you drop them.

Yes, after sitting out 2020 due to the pandemic, Lifeline Bookfest is finally back for another round of vintage bargains. It's where you'll find everything from Australian Women's Weekly Cookbooks to a bit of cheeky erotica, as well as games, DVDs and puzzles. If you've been before, you'll know there are warehouse quantities of books for sale – your grade five diary is probably hidden under a copy of Shantaram, and you'll come across at least three copies of Cooking with Days of Our Lives.

Prices range from $2.50 to the big bucks — with no $1 selection on offer this year so that the sale can spread out in these social-distancing times. Don't go thinking you won't have plenty to choose from, though. Bookfest hasn't hit Brisbane for more than 18 months, so 900 crates of reading materials are coming our way.

You'll still want to bring a trolley and your glasses, obviously, and to clear some space on your shelves at home. And, you'll want to bring your cards, because this Bookfest is cashless. Also, you'll need your own bags, as books won't be wrapped for you this year.

Head along from 7.30am–6pm on Saturday, June 26; 8.30am–6pm between Sunday, June 27–Thursday, July 1; 8.30am–9pm on Friday, July 2; and 8.30am–6pm between Saturday, July 3–Tuesday, July 6.

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