Sunday Herald Essay, a Glowing Review and a New Poem


Well, I’m back in Japan and bed-bound with a fever, no doubt worn out by all the travelling, reading, chatting and, dare I say it, drinking over in Scotland. While I’m lying here wishing for a swift and painless death I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to update you on a few things.

First off the Sunday Herald asked me to contribute to their ‘essay of the week’ section and I submitted Remembering Piper Alpha: the inferno that changed Aberdeen forever. It’s a long piece so strap in, but it did give me the chance to air some things that arose in the writing of this novel. The photo is stolen from Noel Chidwick, editor-in-chief of Shoreline of Infinity and all round good bloke.

Secondly, David Kenvyn of For The Joy of Reading wrote this simply jaw-dropping review of The Waves Burn Bright. It starts off ‘Iain Maloney has done it again. He has written a book that simply must be read’ and only gets better.

Lastly, and by no means leastly, I have a new poem in the June issue of Eastlit magazine. It’s a haiku sequence written in Tsurumai Park in Nagoya at the start of spring and is cleverly called ‘In Tsurumai Park‘.

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Important Dates

Oct 16: Japan Writers Conference

Nov 3: Next book is out (details to be announced)

Nov 12: Red Flag Waltz debut mini-album released

Nov 12: Gig at JJs Blues House, Gifu

Dec 3: Gig at House of Crazy, Toyohashi

Dec 17: Gig at JJs Blues House, Gifu

Jan 21: Gig at Daytrive, Nagoya

July 2023: New book is out (details to be announced)

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