Please join us for the second event in our partnership series with The Compassion Salon. The Compassion Salon hosts new and established authors and poets whose work relates to compassion and wellbeing. It is a place for people to connect, inspire and support using books and prose to reflect on human existence in a fragmented and challenging world. This month author Isla Aitken will discuss her new book Making Pearls from Grit.
Diagnosed with breast cancer while on holiday in Japan, former journalist, environmental activist and one-time politician Isla distracts herself with tourist adventures — including snorkelling in the South China Sea and learning the three Japanese alphabets. Back in the UK, in between chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy, Isla considers her life in light of her new discovery - the Japanese philosophy of 'Ikigai': reason for being.
Isla will be interviewed by Rev Dr Harriet Harris, Chaplain of the University of Edinburgh
There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the interview.