My Little Star: The Power of Reading & Memory-Making with Babies After Loss

Wednesday 20 November | 18-20:30

Edinburgh Adults Panel Event / Author Reading, Exhibition, Open Day

Free (unticketed)

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If you have any questions or for more information, please contact the venue directly.

0131 353 0055

We are delighted to launch the inclusion of My Little Star, a beautiful picture book by Mark Sperring (author) and Nicola O’Byrne (illustrator) in our SiMBA Memory Boxes, at this special event at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, during Book Week Scotland 2019.

The theme of this year’s Book Week Scotland is Conversation. Our event will open up discussion around the power of reading in relation to baby loss.

Attendees will also gain insights into the work of SiMBA, including the story behind the development of our new Memory Boxes and inclusion of the new picture book, My Little Star, written by Mark Sperring, who said: 'I’m so touched to have My Little Star selected by SiMBA. The book was written as a testimony of parental love, and for it to be included in the charity’s Memory Boxes feels both humbling and fitting'.

We would like to extend a warm invitation to you to join SiMBA staff, volunteers, families and Scottish Book Trust staff. Speakers include:

• The Minister for Children & Young People; Maree Todd MSP

• Sara Fitzsimmons MBE, SiMBA CEO

• Gillian Smith MBE, SiMBA Patron

• Lisa Hague, SiMBA Ambassador.

This will be an uplifting evening where guests will also have the opportunity to be involved in some craft-making in memory of their or their friends'/family members'/work colleagues’ babies.

Refreshments/exhibition/craft-making from 6pm. Talks start at 6:30pm and finish at 8pm (with half an hour extra for anyone affected by the issues discussed to stay back and talk with SiMBA staff and volunteers). Event closes at 8:30pm.

Venue information

Scottish Storytelling Centre

43-45 High Street


Ground-level access (through John Knox/Bookshop entrance), wide door but not push-pad. Standard lifts to all levels including Storytelling Café, Netherbow Theatre and Workshop spaces. Accessible bathrooms. Hearing loop in café and theatre. Garden space for assistance dogs to exercise and water bowls provided for assistance dogs.

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