Rent our studio – for free!


Hidden upstairs from the HZ Shoppe, is a lovely bright studio! It’s a great space for a small workshop or pop-up shop and we’d love to welcome a like minded business to take advantage of it. With this in mind we’d like to offer a free days use to any business holding an event/pop-up shop with us over July and August.

If you’re interested in the space please email with details of what you’d like to use it for. We’re looking for like-minded businesses but are open to all ideas – a workshop, pop-up shop, exhibition space, you name it we’d love to hear about it.

In the past we’ve held exhibitions by Go Uchida, a talk by Leona from (then) Lucky Dip Club, and workshops from I Am Acrylic and Dazed Dorothy, all of which were well received and fully attended.

Now for some serious stuff –  you will need to provide all tables and equipment and advertise your own event, however we’re totally happy to blog about it and have flyers/posters in the shop. Any further days hire will be charged at £40 + VAT per day (discount for more than 3 consecutive days and more for longer term events), and the event must take place within our opening hours (you will be able to set up/take down the day before/after). We will hold a small deposit to secure your dates and to be returned after the space is vacated in the same condition as it was hired out. Please note that we will choose ideas that we feel fit best with the Hannah Zakari vibe.

Interested? Email me, Rachael, at with your idea and what you plan to do and when you’d like to do it, I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂


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Go Uchida: Poetry and Design


We love our  yearly visits from Japanese Poet and Designer Go Uchida, and this year we’re excited to host his new exhibition of poetry and artwork at the HZ Shoppe from October 23rd – 27th.

As always there will be a reading night and this will be on Thursday 27th from 6pm onwards (reading starts at 6.30). We hope you can join us for a relaxed evening of poetry and a wee dram of whisky.
poetryanddesign_omoteGo Uchida is based in Matsumoto, Japan. He studied law at university where he continued to teach himself graphic design and write poetry, eventually publishing his poetry collections and hold exhibitions and readings in Japan. He now travels to Scotland every year to experience the landscape and culture that inspire his art. You can see some of his design works on his website at

This is the third time Go has held his exhibition with Hannah Zakari however, this is the first time he has brought his art/design work to Scotland.

23rd—30th October 2016
at. Hannah Zakari
43 Candlemaker Row Edinburgh
Monday—Friday: 12noon—5.30pm
Saturday: 11am—5.30pm
Sunday: 12.30pm—5pm
read new book “The Long Journey”
6.30pm–8pm Thu 27th October
doors open at 6pm / free entry / the new book is on sale
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New Book of the collected poems “The Long Journey”
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“The Long Journey” is a new book of the collected poems written about the scenery and people of Scotland, Ireland and Sweden in 2014, 2015. The book design is truly unique and you can enjoy these poems in Japanese and English with beautiful photographs.
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I Am Acrylic Jewellery Making WORKSHOPPE!


I’m super excited to announce that the lovely Ruth and Brendan from I Am Acrylic are visiting our little shoppe to hold a jewellery making workshoppe on Saturday June 11th.

I AM Acrylic Workshoppe Poster

The workshop is aimed at complete beginners or those with a little jewellery making experience who would like to learn how to work with acrylic – but we’ll have no lasers here, you will design, hand cut and assemble your very own piece of jewellery in a 2 and a half hour session.

Examples from previous workshoppe designs!

Examples from previous workshoppe designs!

By the end of the session you should have the knowledge confidence and skills to have a go in the comfort of your own home. All materials and tools are provided so you just need to bring yourself and plenty of ideas of what you’d like to make!

To book for the morning session *click here*.

To book for the afternoon session *click here*.

Once you have booked I Am Acrylic will be in touch with more info so you can think about your design beforehand!

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Go Uchida Poetry Exhibition Friday 18th April -Tuesday 29th April 2014



We’re doing something a little bit different at HZ this April; A poetry reading and exhibition by Japanese designer and poet Go Uchida.

We’ll be having an opening party and poetry reading with Go on Friday 18th April from 7pm – 9pm. Please see our facebook event for details and to RSVP. All welcome!

His exhibition of seven poems will run in the Shoppe from Friday April 18th to Tuesday 29th April.

In his own words:

[ Prologue ]
That was one winter. A poet came to our island to find silent verse. He walked the streets, danced on the snow field, played with a dog, he was blown by sea winds, got moderately drunk, and lived in a garret. He disappeared before we knew it, and there was no one left but seven poems…

[ Introduction ]
In the winter of 2013, a Japanese poet Go Uchida stayed in Scotland. While he lived in Edinburgh, he also travelled to the countryside, he saw a lot of scenery and met a lot of people and wrote seven poems. This spring, seven poems will change into seven handwritten posters, and return with him to Edinburgh, Scotland. Please listen to the new stories of Scotland written with a creative sense of a Japanese poet.

[ Profile ]
Go Uchida was born in Hiroshima Japan in 1983. He studied law at university as well as writing poems and designing graphic images on his own. His first book of poems “Backyard” and second book of poems “Confession” was privately published in 2003 and 2004. His picture book “Raven the storyteller” was published in 2009, and his allegory “Okonomori” was published in 2011, by the Sloth Club. And his third book of poems “Akichi-no-Katte (Rules in the vacant land)” was published in 2012, and his poetry card series “flower in the garden of poetry” was published in 2013, on his own . His creative works are full of allegory, satire, and humor.

Check out Go’s website here!



Signing and numbering the poetry posters.

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David O’Doherty Secret Gig!


Last week we had a real treat at the HZ Shoppe when our favourite comedian David O’Doherty popped in to say hello. He’s been coming to the shop for a couple of years now when the festival is on so it was a surprise see him out of season. Anyway, one thing led to another and before we really had time to think about it we ended up holding a very small, intimate impromptu gig in the shop after closing time!

He came along with his tiny keyboard and entertained us all with material which will eventually end up in his new show that he’ll be performing in all it’s polished glory at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in a few weeks time. It really was a wonderful night and our love for David has got a little out of control since!

Thanks to the 25 or so people (and lovely wee doggy!) who came along,  I do hope we’ll see you again soon, maybe even at another secret gig… you never know!

Rachael x

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