The Footpath Library is a Willy Lit Fest favourite. Shayne Francis brings us some of Australia’s best loved actors to read writings that have touched their hearts and their lives. Join Alison Whyte, Richard Piper, Rhys Muldoon, Rod Mullinar and Helen Morse for this wonderful treat on a winter’s afternoon.
The Footpath Library
The Footpath Library is a charity driven by a belief in the importance of food for the mind and soul and the power of stories to change lives. With more than 40 libraries in refuges and hostels across Melbourne, the library gift over 1000 books a month to the homeless and disadvantaged. They aim to encourage literacy and the pleasure of reading and simply to make great books available to those less advantaged. Founded by Sarah Garnett in 2003, The Footpath Library grew out of sorrow, a simple observation, and the desire to make a difference. When family friend Benjamin Andrew died unexpectedly, Sarah responded to her grief by volunteering with a group serving meals to homeless and disadvantaged people in Sydney’s CBD.
One evening, Sarah noticed a man sitting under a streetlight reading a novel while waiting for the food van. She started bringing him a few books and it was from this humble beginning that the original The Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library grew. Now in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, The Footpath Library collects donated books from the public and publishers and gives them to those who don’t have access to good quality reading material. For more info click here.