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100 Tales from the Tokyo Ghost Cafe: with Julian Sedgwick and Chie Kutsuwada

04 Jul 2024

10:00am - 10:45am



About the book

From a Carnegie-shortlisted author and illustrator duo comes a stunning companion to Tsunami Girl – a wonderful collection of ghost stories told equally in manga and prose.

Abducted by spirits from his village, lost boy Akira must make the long journey in northern Japan to find his family and save his young sister before time runs out. Voyaging deeper and deeper into a Japan ‘between the worlds’, Akira and his companions encounter a host of yokai monsters and famous ghosts, discovering a sometimes comical and sometimes terrifying world of interlinked and ghostly short stories along the way.

About the author and illustrator

Julian Sedgwick is the author of six books for children, and co-author of the graphic novel Dark Satanic Mills and illustrated novel Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black. On the way to realising his childhood ambition to write, Julian read Chinese Studies and Philosophy at Cambridge, before working as a bookseller, painter, researcher and script developer for film and TV, and shiatsu therapist. For the last three years Julian has been patron of reading for Leighton Park School and has now visited over 150 schools both in the UK and abroad. Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2020. Julian lives near Ely, Cambridgeshire is married and has two grown-up sons. He still combines writing with his work as a therapist. In his spare time he draws as much as possible, juggles torches and knives, tries his best to learn Japanese - and waits for the weather to get cold enough to go fen skating.

Chie Kutsuwada is a Japanese manga artist based in Brighton. A graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, she is the creator of King of a Miniature Garden and Moonlight. She also provided the illustrations for The Book of Five Rings by Musashi Miyamoto and Warrior Kids, a children's book by Mark Robson. Kutsuwada's books are widely available in English and have been translated into several other languages. Aside from her comics work, she regularly leads manga workshops at institutions across the country, including the British Library, the British Museum and various schools.

About the event

We would recommend this 45-minute event for pupils aged 12 to 14 years (Years 8 and 9/S2 and S3).

During the event, pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from Julian Sedgwick as he reads an extract from 100 Tales from The Tokyo Ghost Café
  • Watch Chie Kutsuwada demonstrate the creation and development of some of the manga drawings seen in the book
  • Learn how the authors met and began working together, and what inspired the stories and the themes they cover
  • Submit questions in the chat box to be answered in a live Q&A session.

Joining the event

This event will be hosted via Zoom webinar and attendees should not need to download any special software to join the event. After registering using the form below, you will receive an email with your Zoom joining link. You can also watch live the event live streamed on YouTube.

If you cannot watch at the live time, please continue to register for the event! Our YouTube link is recorded, so you can watch at any time convenient for you up until early August.

If you have any questions about access to the event itself, please contact

We look forward to seeing you there!

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