Between the Lines festival draws bookworms to Busselton

A celebration of reading and writing will be held when South West school children converge at Busselton’s St Mary MacKillop College for a two-day Between the Lines literature festival. 

The inaugural festival, Seven Rooms Seven Stories, was held last year where nine West Australian authors presented to over 500 students from 10 different South West schools. 

Hailed as a massive success, the festival this year, will extend across two days on March 23 and 24 and will see 12 WA authors and illustrators present to 15 schools. 

Secondary schools attending include St Mary MacKillop College, Georgiana Molly Anglican School, Busselton SHS, Cape Naturaliste College, Nannup DHS, Newton Moore SHS, Australind SHS and Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School. 

Owner of Dymocks Busselton and festival organiser Beth Herbert said she’s a passionate advocate of literature and of engaging children in the life-long joy of reading.

“I am a passionate believer in promoting the incredible home-grown authorial talent we have in WA and thus this festival brings these two passions together,” she said.

“It is a very powerful stimulus when children can meet and discuss ideas with authors whose books they have read.

“The joy and excitement of the experience and the rich conversations that ensue cannot be underestimated in the development of children’s literacy and love of literature.” 

The festival will be held on March 23 and 24 and a mass book signing will be held at Dymocks Busselton on Saturday, March 25 at 10am.

Authors attending include Dianne Wolfer, Mark Greenwood, Norman Jorgensen, Danny Parker, James Foley, Jen Banyard, Sally Murphy, Rebecca Cool, Sam Carmody, Kate McCaffrey, Brendan Ritchie and Julia Lawrinson.