Christmas Shopping at Collected Works

I’m heading into the city this morning and hoping to make a dint in my Christmas list. First stop, the wonderful Collected Works Bookshop.

I love Collected works. It’s on my list of top places in Melbourne to hang out so I was alarmed when I heard that it’s struggling to keep its head above water.

It would be awful to come back from our year on the road and discover that Collected Works had shut its doors. It’s a Melbourne institution, a haven, and the only place in town where you can find a huge selection of poetry. So many bookshops these days don’t keep many backlisted titles on their shelves but Collected Works has shelves chockablock full of beautiful anthologies, single volumes – you name it.

So if you haven’t started your Christmas shopping, begin the adventure at Collected Works.


I know the above reads like an advertisement but visiting Kris Hemensley at Collected Works is a seriously fun adventure. Kris always helps me to discover new authors and reminds me of old faves. I came home with a swag of lovely tiles which will be hard to part with as I like each book so much. I can’t blog about them or I’ll spoil the pleasure for the people who will receive them very soon.

Kirsty is an Australian author of books for children and young adults.

“Books are windows into other ways of being.”

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