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LIBRARY books will come to life at Southern Cross University on Wednesday.

As part of the University’s Fusion Festival, 15 courageous people will take on the role of ‘living books’ waiting to be ‘borrowed’ by visitors to the Living Library.

The University’s My Holland said in a Living Library, the ‘books’ are people.

“To ‘read’ a ‘book’ means to sit down with them and have a half hour conversation,” she said.

Ms Holland said in a living library, the ‘books’ are people who have chosen to represent or challenge a particular stereotype, or have an interesting story to tell.

Visitors to this year’s event will be able to discover the story behind Australian pianist David Helfgott’s fame, told by his partner Gillian.

Other ‘books’ with a story to share include Reny, a Muslim student and mother who shares the challenges of living in an unfamiliar community; Greg who was surrendered into the institutional child care system at the age of 10 and Tyson who shares behind the scene stories of the Saltwater Freshwater Festival and his passion for the local Gumbaynggirr language.

Also ‘on the shelf’ will be John who shares his practical Buddhist philosophy for parenting and Burmese refugee Htun Htun who spent 10 years in the Burmese-Thai jungle.

Guest speaker Gillian Helfgott will open the Living Library opens at 9.45am on Wednesday August 24 in the Sacred Garden at the University.

Lucky door prizes for readers have been sponsored by Global Carnival, Camp Creative and Coffs Harbour Community College.

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