What is your favourite thing about being a Dymocks franchisee?
My favourite thing about being a Dymocks franchisee is being a part of a group that has been at the forefront of bookselling for over 140 years – everyone knows the name ‘Dymocks’ – and that, through its charity, focuses on improving literacy outcomes for all kids, something that I am passionate about.
What made you want to own a bookstore?
I’ve always wanted to own a bookstore. I love reading! I have been a reader forever and my greatest joy, as a teacher and a bookseller, is to inflame a love of reading in others, especially kids. And, anyway, it was pre-determined: I was named after Beth in Little Women!
What is your favourite book of all time and why?
Choosing a favourite book is like choosing a favourite child! So many are so special for so many different reasons and many are favourites because of the memories surrounding them. I think, though, that To Kill A Mockingbird would be my all-time favourite. Everyone should read this book; if we all took heed of Atticus’ advice, we would live in a far more understanding and accepting world.
What is the most rewarding experience you have had as a bookseller?
My most rewarding experience is co-ordinating an annual literature festival for students, this year involving 13 authors and numbering over 2000 participants. I am passionate about the power of books and about engaging children in the lifelong joy of reading. This festival connects students with authors. It is such a powerful stimulus when children and teenagers are able to 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 under-estimated in the development of children’s literacy and love of literature.
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