Planning Permission, an essay for Nothing in the Rule Book.

June 6th 2016, In Writing about Aberdeen … in The National. Read.

June 5th 2016, ‘Essay of the Week’: Remembering Piper Alpha: the inferno that changed Aberdeen forever in the Sunday Herald. Read.

May 25th 2016, 5 Books Based on Contemporary History for the Scottish Book Trust. Read.

May 24th 2016, a look at page 69 of The Waves Burn Bright for The Next Best Book Blog. 

“What The Devil? Why Scotland Does Scary So Well.” An article for the Scottish Book Trust.

It’s Not What You Know: Aristotle and the Authority of Experience, an article for Nothing in the Rule Book.

The Undercover Soundtrack. An article on the relationship between music and my writing.

Guest post about First Time Solo on Our Reviews Online.

Japanese Literature:
1.  8 Contemporary Japanese Novelists (Who Aren’t Haruki Murakami)
2. 14 Novels Set in Japan
3. 9 Must-read Books on Japanese History
4. Great Japanese Writers: Kenzaburo Oe

The Only Gaijin in the Village:
Chapter 1: Moving In
Chapter 2: Community Service
Chapter 3: A Farewell to Arms
Chapter 4: War and Peace

The Japan Times:

The Bottle Imp:

Book Review: Talking About Lobsters: New Writing Scotland 34 in TBI 20


Book Review: Lie of the Land by Michael F. Russell in Gutter 15
Book Review: Dacre’s War by Rosemary Goring in Gutter 14
Book Review: What to do with Lobsters in a Place like Klippiesfontein by Colette Victor in Gutter
Book Review: Tokyo by Nicholas Hogg in Gutter
Book Review: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton in Gutter 13
Book Review: The Visitors by Simon Sylvester in Gutter 13
Book Review: The Last Treasure Hunt by Jane Alexander in Gutter 12
Book Review: Doubling Back by Linda Cracknell in Gutter 12
Book Review: Ghost Moon by Ron Butlin in Gutter 11.
Book Review: The Mouse-Deer Kingdom by Chiew-Siah Tei in Gutter 10.

Shoreline of Infinity:

Book Review: The Dancer by Rab Ferguson & The Speckled God by Marc Joan
Book Review: HostBods by Tendai Huchu
Shoreline of Infinity’s Best of 2016
Book Review: Metronome by Oliver Langmead
Book Review: Slipping by Lauren Beukes
Book Review: The Paper Menagerie
by Ken Liu
Book Review: Invisible Planets 
by Hannu Rajaniemi in Shoreline of Infinity 5
Book Review: NineFox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
in Shoreline of Infinity 4
Book Review: Winter by Dan Grace in Shoreline of Infinity 4
Book Review: The Corporation Wars: Dissidence by Ken MacLeod in Shoreline of Infinity
Book Review: Down Station by Simon Morden in Shoreline of Infinity
Book Review: The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo in Shoreline of Infinity
Book Review: Gene Mapper by Taiyo Fuji in Shoreline of Infinity 2
Book Review: I Am Because You Are by Pippa Goldschmidt and Tania Hershman in Shoreline of Infinity 2

Essay on Will Self on Freight Books Blog

Metropolis Magazine:

                  • Article on Rita Taketsuru (Cowan) and the Scottish roots of Japanese whisky here.
                  • Interviews with Mothercoat here and here.
                  • A review of Mothercoat’s album, Allergies.
                  • Interview with Yucca.
                  • Interview with Jonny.


The Guardian: A piece on Nirvana’s album, In Utero

Gaijinpot: A large number of travel articles about Japan (some of these were then republished on Japan Today)

The List: Teaching English in Japan

RAN Magazine: A travel article on Inuyama, Japan and a book review (not archived online).

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