Ever dreamed of spending a night in a bookshop? To browse the shelves by candlelight after the doors have closed? For one night only you can do just that AND raise funds for a terrific cause.
In September Streetreads – the amazing organisation bringing books to homeless readers – moved into the bookshop’s basement and turned an old office into a magical book cave. Every day books are packed up and dispatched to individuals, soup kitchens, food banks and the like for Edinburgh’s homeless readers.
Streetreads’ work, and Social Bite’s mammoth Sleepout got us thinking about the amazing network of individuals and organisations supporting vulnerable people in our own community. Then Marie Moser of the Edinburgh Bookshop had the idea of a bookseller sleep out to raise awareness and the idea evolved from there. So to raise some pennies for their work we’re having a sleep over – in the bookshop!
We won’t have John Cleese for story time, but we will have stories and readings by candlelight, and hot chocolate, and let’s face it, what reader hasn’t dreamt of sleeping in a bookshop?!
We’re aiming to raise £2000, so each camper is committing to raise at least £50 – including a £10 donation to sign up below! Every penny will go to homelessness projects in the bookshop’s local area: half to Streetreads, half to our local, Souper Saturday.
We only have limited floor space so do RSVP asap by making a £10 donation!
If you’d like to contribute but can’t make it to event you can donate using the link HERE- and if you are sponsoring a sleeper do put their name in the comments box when you donate!
Doors open at 9.30pm, bedtime story at 10, lights off at 11. We’ll leave lights on in the Fiction room for any late nighters who want to stay up chatting or reading!
Finally we’ll wrap up with coffee & buns at 9.30am.
You’ll need your own sleeping bag/duvet/pillows/whatever you need to sleep – feel free to come in PJs! We do have a loo and a sink, although they are downstairs.
Rached founded streetreads after she got to know a homeless person who was a keen reader. Although food and shelter are of course essential to people’s wellbeing, the gift of a book can be just as precious. Homelessness is a complex issue, but we know that the hundreds of books Streetreads have given away are absolutely treasured.
They care passionately about each and every one of their readers.
We share Streetreads dream that every homeless reader in Scotland will have books of their own.
Souper Saturday’s Story:
Set up by Mark Diver, Souper Saturday’s soup kitchen is a weekly occurance now run by Jenny Cross and operating out of St John’s. As Mark puts it “The food is a minor part of what we do. The social interaction is what’s unique about us: our guests are treated as people rather than “homeless people”; we drink tea from proper mugs and not polystyrene; we chat as equals.”
IF you can’t make it this time round in JANUARY, the Edinburgh Bookshop will be doing a follow up sleepover in their wonderful wee bookshop in Brunstfield, so stay tuned!