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.

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
Chapter 5: The Secret Garden
Chapter 6: Exterminator!
Chapter 7: Look Into a Glass Onion
Chapter 8: Wuthering Heights
Chapter 9: Happy When it Rains
Chapter 10: Paint it Black
Chapter 11: New Year’s Day
Chapter 12: Comfortably Numb

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
5. Great Japanese Writers: Yukio Mishima
6. 8 Japanese Novels Set Outside Tokyo
7. Great Japanese Writers: Shusaku Endo
8. Kazuo Ishiguro
9. Great Japanese Writers: Hiromi Kawakami
10. Great Japanese Writers: Miyabi Miyuki
11. New Year, New Books. J-Lit in 2018
12. Discovery: 5 Japanese Science Fiction Writers
13. Great Japanese Writers: Fuminori Nakamura
14. Great Japanese Writers: Ryu Murakami

Hida-Furukawa Snowshoe Trekking
The Mummy of Yokokura Temple

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:


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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