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Marvellous Medicine: The MCU, lockdown and mental health.

The lockdown has done funny things to us. Everyone reacts in their own way, given their circumstances and predispositions. Some leaned hard into betterment – diets, exercise, creativity, DIY. Others ran screaming in the other direction – drinking more, showering

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Black Voices Matter

Sorry for the radio silence in the last few weeks but a combination of being back teaching full-time, suffering Zoom-related back pain and the world going to hell less in a handcart and more in one of those massive modified

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Zooming On

Hi folks, I hope you’re all doing well and coping with the various stresses the plague times have brought us. Out here in the countryside life is much the same except they’ve closed the mountains, so that’s my main source

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Vote Remain (Indoors)

How are you all doing? It’s not great out there and, to be honest, after four weeks at home it’s not great in here either. Still, I’ve painted the kitchen and dining room. It’s amazing what boredom and procrastination will

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Passing the Time

Hi folks, I’m into the third day of self-isolation (nothing wrong with me, just being on the safe side after hitting five countries and taking 14 flights in the last 7 weeks). I’ve caught up with Better Call Saul and

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Cancellations

I gave it a bloody good go but sadly the realities of Covid19 mean that the rest of my events have been cancelled and I’m at the airport hoping I can get back to Japan before borders close, flights stop

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A Film by Stephen McQueen (not that one, no, not that one either).

This is it, the big week. The book is officially out everywhere (US? No idea) and there are events in St Andrews (Tues), Edinburgh (Wed), Glasgow (Thurs), as well as a couple of podcast recordings (info as and when). So

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In the Japan Times.

And we’re off! I’m in Scotland, and the first bit of press about the book has hit the newsstands, a lovely interview Kris Kosaka did with me for the Japan Times.

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Launch Month!

It’s the last day of February, the quarter day catch up, and that means I leave Japan tomorrow for the UK to launch The Only Gaijin in the Village. The dates are above and on the side bar. The Edinburgh

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SYDNEY!

They are out in the wild! Pre-orders are being delivered as we speak and Readings St Kilda has signed stock out on the shelves. I’m gearing up now for the Sydney launch in Better Read Than Dead bookstore on Sunday

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Events

October 10th, Japan Writers Conference, 2pm (JST). Zoom.

October 17th, Author’s Live, 7pm (JST). Zoom.

October 24th, University of Glasgow Japanese Book Club, 7pm (JST) / 11am (UK). Zoom.

January 19th, Foreign Correspondent’s Club Japan, Tokyo. Details TBC

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