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IBBY fundraiser: Library and book van in Rikuzentakata


Back in September I presented at a fundraiser to raise money for book vans and libraries for parts of Japan hit by the earthquake and tsunami. It was a fab day and heaps of fun, and we recently recieved photos of our money in action.

Children enjoy a mobile book bus in tsunami-ravaged Japan Naoko Torizuka of the Japanese Board on Books for Young People (JBBY) wrote thathe money raised helped to fund a mobile book van, as well as a wooden library for children in Rikuzentakata city, one of the most damaged areas.  YAY!

Thanks to Jenni Woodroffe of the International on Books for Young People for inviting me to be part of the event, and to the Hyogo Centre for hosting 🙂

Wooden library - Rikuzentakata, JapanInside new library - Rikuzentakata, Japan


Meet the authors: IBBY fundraiser for Japan Bibliotherapy Appeal

Kumiko-trilogy Briony Stewart

The Kumiko and the Dragon books, by Briony Stewart, are magical and charming and recommended for readers aged 7+. Meet Briony at this fundraiser and pick her brain for writing tips!

Writing tips, cultural gems and more…

Ever thought you could write a book, but don’t know where to start or how to get published?

If so, come along to the Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre‘s Meet the Authors workshop and learn the tricks of the trade from Briony Stewart and myself…

Proceeds to Japan Bibliotheraphy Appeal

All proceeds will go to help fund a fleet of minivans for the International Board on Books for Young People Japan Bibliotherapy Appeal. These vans deliver books to children affected by the earthquake and tsunami for a much needed therapy program.

Plus Japanese cultural presentations

Even better, Meet the Authors will be preceded by a Japanese cultural presentation at 3pm by two visiting university interns from Hyogo Prefecture. The workshop fee includes all sessions and I can totally recommend them: they’re fun and interesting and if you love Japan, you’ll feel right at home.

Saturday 24 September
Hyogo Cultural Centre
$20 per person

Be sure to reserve your place by calling (08) 9385 9002 or emailing

Meet-the-authors Japan fundraiserDownload the flyer here