New event: West Port Book Festival Supports Japan

March 18, 2011

Our friends at the West Port Book Festival will be holding a fundraising event here at the library on Saturday 26th March to raise funds for the Red Cross International as they work to help survivors of the Japanese tsunami.

Mio Shapley will be performing a tea ceremony and telling some Japanese traditional folk stories. Whether you are coming along for the first time, or if you attended Mio’s event at the library in November last year, as part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, this is one not to be missed. Doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. The organisers recommend booking a free ticket for this part of the evening; email

At 8.30pm, the doors will be opened for all to enjoy some wine, traditional Japanese sweets and green tea. You’ll be able to participate in Japanese bookbinding with professional bookbinder Isabelle Ting and Mariko Watanabe will be leading sessions in how to make origami cranes. Book repair specialist, potter and event co-ordinator Orlene McIlfatrick said today, “We would like to make one thousand of these paper birds of peace and good fortune, so please help us reach our goal!”

There will be opportunities to donate throughout the evening. With all proceeds going to the Red Cross International’s Japanese tsunami relief fund, whatever you can afford to give will make a difference.

For more event information: West Port Book Festival Supports Japan

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