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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

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Nothing in the Rule Book Interview

Recently the kind folk at http://www.nothingintherulebook.com contacted me about doing an interview and writing an article for their site. The article will appear later in the year but the interview is live now. They asked some tough questions about the

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Articles and Shorts: Update.

It’s been a while since my last post because I’ve been as busy as a millipede’s chiropodist. I’ve been hard at work on novel three, edits have just come in for novel two, writing regularly for the Japan Times and

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Turnstile, The Making of …

The evolution of a short story can be a bizarre path. This month a flash story I wrote, Turnstile, is included in Eastlit Magazine. I’m really pleased to finally get this story accepted because it’s been with me a long time,

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J David Simons Interview

The September issue of Eastlit Magazine is out and it features an interview by me with J David Simons, primarily about his book An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful. I’m a big fan of this book, a moving story

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Eastlit Interview

  Graham Lawrence, editor of Eastlit, interviewed me for the July 2014 issue of the magazine. We spoke about my book and the Asian writers that have influenced me. You can read the interview here.

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This Too Shall Pass

Halfway through the book tour, waiting to fly to Belfast for the next event (Saturday 31st at 4pm, No Alibis Books since you ask). I’ll do a proper post once I stop moving and get a minute to think but

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