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Sex, Drugs, Rock n Noir

Two posts in one week? Blog posts are like buses: they’re big and red and have wheels and seats and some of them bend in the middle. Or something.   Roz Morris, host of the Undercover Soundtrack blog, very kindly

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Nicholas Hogg, Tokyo: A Review

Cargo Publishing are having a great year, bringing out Collete Victor’s What to do With Lobsters in a Place like Klippiesfontein, Andrew Raymond Drennan’s The Limits of the World and now Nicholas Hogg’s Tokyo. Here‘s my review of the latter in the Japan Times.

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New Books by Wonderful Writers

I’ve had a week off work and, writing half a short story aside, have been letting my mind unwind from the exertions of finishing the last novel. Mainly I’ve spent my time lying in the park reading. Near our apartment

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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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Events

Feb 15th, 5pm: Readings St. Kilda, Melbourne, Australia

Feb 23rd, 3pm: Better Read Than Dead, Sydney, Australia

March 10th 5.15pm: St. Andrews University Japan Society, Scotland

March 11th, 6.30pm: Edinburgh Central Library, Scotland

March 12th, 6pm: Aye Write! Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Scotland

March 25th: Bad Language, Gulliver’s, Manchester, England

March 26th, 6pm: Blackwell’s, High Street, Aberdeen, Scotland

March 28th, 1pm: Citadel Books, Edinburgh, Scotland

March 30th, 4pm: Creative Conversations @ Uni of Glasgow Memorial Chapel, Scotland

April 28th, 6pm: Author’s Live, Bar Iznt, Kobe, Japan

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