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I’ve mentioned Metropolis Magazine a few times in these posts. It’s a Tokyo based English language magazine I do some freelance writing for, most recently an article about Rita Taketsuru. Metropolis is that rare thing in Japan, a magazine aimed

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Rita Taketsuru née Cowan

A new soap opera has just started in Japan called Massan and is (loosely) based on the life of Rita Cowan from Kirkintilloch, Scotland. In 1920 she married a Japanese student Masataka Taketsuru and the couple moved to Japan. Together

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5 a day and a studio of one’s own.

Four hours from now (as I write) I will launch my novel First Time Solo at Waterstones in Aberdeen. I’ve seen people like Iain Banks, Janice Galloway and Alan Spence read there and I’m still finding it hard to believe

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Mothercoat

Mothercoat, one of my favourite bands, are back in Japan after a triumphant series of shows in and around SXSW in Texas, USA. Here’s a review of their latest EP ‘5-1+1=’ I wrote for Metropolis Magazine. I’ll be interviewing them

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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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