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Cherie Chen: ‘The Winter Wassail’ (Book Launch)
November 6, 2018 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Spend an evening with award-winning children’s author Cherie Chen to celebrate the launch of her magical and festive new book!
In “The Winter Wassail” Cherie combines her interest in English Medieval folklore with her unique artistic style, which is, in part, inspired by traditional Oriental techniques such as giclee.
The story is based on the Medieval pagan tradition of wassailing – the ritual of waking the spirits of the trees from their winter sleep to help them grow healthy and strong in the new year (while also scaring off any evil spirits that might lurk in the branches!)
Traditionally, wassailers would sing and dance amongst the trees, making a tremendous racket. They would bang sticks and drums and pots and pans – anything that would make a noise to wake the tree spirits and scare off the demons. With much merriment they would pass round the wassail bowl, sharing warm mulled cider while pouring some of the drink on to the roots of the trees. Fun fact: in some traditions, a Wassail Queen hangs toast soaked in cider on the trees as a gift to the tree spirits…. Hence the expression – “A toast to their good health!”
‘The Winter Wassail’ tells the story of two children, Matilda and Finbar, who join with forest creatures to prepare the wassail celebrations – only to discover a poorly young pine tree whose fate threatens the survival of the whole forest. They all help to look after it, pinning their hopes on the Winter Wassail waking Old Magick in time to save the
poorly tree and the forest…
Cherie will be signing copies of her book, and we’ll also be holding a mini exhibition of her original artworks, that relate to ‘The Winter Wassail’, around the shop space.
6:00pm start. FREE. Refreshments provided.