West Port Book Festival Supports Japan

The recent earthquake, subsequent tsunami and ongoing events in Japan have mobilised a huge and very necessary humanitarian effort from around the world. Japan’s search and rescue groups and relief teams need funds for emergency supplies to feed, treat, shelter and support survivors.

We ask our kind supporters to come out and support us once again – this time on behalf of the Red Cross International and their essential work in areas severely impacted by the tsunami in North Eastern Japan.On Saturday 26th March we will be holding a fundraising event at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh.

one thousand cranes

Mio Shapley, who is from Gifu Prefecture in Japan and works with The Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, will be performing a tea ceremony and telling some Japanese traditional folk stories. Doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. We recommend booking a free ticket for this part of the evening; email kay@westportbookfestival.org to reserve yours.

At 8.30pm, after the tea ceremony is concluded, we’ll open the doors to everyone, so please come along or stay with us to mingle, enjoy some wine, traditional Japanese sweets and green tea. Also, you can participate in Japanese bookbinding with Isabelle Ting – bookbinder extraordinaire – and Mariko Watanabe will be leading sessions in how to make origami cranes.

We would like to make one thousand of these paper birds of peace and good fortune.

There will be opportunities to donate throughout the evening. Whatever you can afford will be greatly appreciated and all proceeds will be going to the Red Cross International’s Japanese tsunami relief fund.

Enquiries, reservations and directions: kay@westportbookfestival.org

Posted by Kayleigh Bohan on March 18, 2011.

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