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The Only Gaijin in the Village

Another update. It’s all go here at the moment as I close down the business I’ve been running for nearly eight years and take up a university teaching post, but I’ve found time for some reviews and to start a

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Adventures in Criticism

Another update post. I’ve been busy on the journalism and criticism front recently (a side-effect of publishers front-loading spring releases). In the Japan Times I’ve reviewed Japanese classics A Dark Night’s Passing by Naoya Shiga and The River Ki by Sawako

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Reviews: Tendai Huchu, Yasushi Inoue and Sarah Frederick

Hi folks, a quick update while the world falls apart around our ears. My latest pieces for the Japan Times are a review of Yasushi Inoue’s The Hunting Gun and a look at Sarah Frederick’s Turning Pages, a study of feminism and

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Sucking on the Tailpipe of 2016

So four days to go in the year and we’re all panicking every time an artist who has made an impact on our lives starts trending on Twitter. I just woke up to the news about Carrie Fisher. I had

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Fractures is out now!

it’s been too long drinking beneath the castle the Kiso, drifting   That’s right, my first poetry collection, Fractures, is out in the world. If you’ve already ordered one it should be in the post by now, if you haven’t ordered

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Haiku, Mythology and a new Shoreline

This week I have two pieces in the Japan Times. One is a look back at haiku master Basho’s classic work The Narrow Road to the Deep North, the other is a review of the final part in Lian Hearn’s The Tale of

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Edinburgh Festival Dates

I’m delighted to be able to announce a second event in Edinburgh during the August festival period. In addition to my appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on August 25th at 15.45 with Glenn Patterson, I will be appearing

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