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Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

A taste of MY NAME IS O

The twinkling lights of the city spread out below me, as far as I can see. Between the lights are great black shadows where the buildings are. Inside the buildings I imagine the people – eight million humans, most of them asleep. Do you ever get the feeling that your life isn’t your own? Do [...]

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

An Old Friend, an End and a Beginning

The one thing I didn’t like about being in Japan was that I missed my old friends. Then I discovered one living in Tokyo. This giant monster looming over Tokyo Tower is Maman, by Louise Bourgeois. I’d last seen Maman at a wonderful exhibition of Bourgeois’ work at London’s Tate Modern on the day of [...]

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

LAUNCHED!

The MY NAME IS O launch party was a HOOT. Here, below, is a video I just uploaded of the two-minute reading I did from the book. Do you see the web address at the bottom of the screen – www.mynameiso.co.uk? Click through and take a look! Yes, thanks to the sterling work of Katie [...]

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

SHINY THINGS! And a PARTY!

LOOK! SHINY! …Ahem, sorry, rather excited. What I mean is, these are finished copies of my new novella for Barrington Stoke, MY NAME IS O. I knew about the stickers, which (NB) are fully removable and come off without leaving a mark. What I didn’t know was how the mirror effect on the cover was [...]

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Happy Dragons and Jet Lag Brain Clag

Happy Year of the Dragon! While I was in Japan I saw this smiley dude all over the place – not the gurning loon on the right or the lady taking the pic, I’m talking about the dragon. Isn’t he great? Physically I’m back in London; whether I’ve arrived yet mentally remains an open question. [...]

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Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Just Like Tom Waits, I’m…

…Big in Japan: (A bathroom doorway, Kyoto, seriously) This weekend I’m going home to London. It’s going to be lovely. But I hope I don’t get too used to not having to dip my head for doorways while I’m there, because I’m already looking forward to coming back. ;D

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Japan Masterplan

This month marks the launch of my novella for Barrington Stoke, My Name Is O. I’m coming home to London for party to celebrate. More news on that soon. Meanwhile, my new book is coming along nicely. In fact things here in Tokyo are going better than my partner Laura and I had dared to [...]

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Monday, January 16th, 2012

Wow!

Look at this beautiful piece of art by Faye W., 13, from the UK: It shows Esme, Jack (and the Chinj!) and Charlie – characters from my debut novel, The Black Tattoo. I’ve just added it to the slideshow at the Black Tat Reader Art Page. I consider it a huge honour when people use [...]

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Monday, January 9th, 2012

Keep ‘Em Peeled

Just posted to TBM: The Hounds of Feet.

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Friday, January 6th, 2012

Unforgettable

One of the most surprising things I’ve enjoyed in Tokyo is Flamenco. The scene here is small but dedicated: I first came across it in a bar in Golden Gai, Shinjuku then last week I saw the performance in these pics, which was every bit as passionate and spectacular as anything I’ve seen or heard [...]

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