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Reading at the Brixton BookJam

Wednesday, 24 May 2017


On June 5th I'll be reading from Fukushima Dreams at the Brixton BookJam - a quarterly literary event that's been running at the Hootananny in Effra Road, Brixton since 2012. If you'd like to head a reading from the book, as well as 11 other BRILLIANT writers and music from Robert 'Hacker' Jessett of Morton Valence fame, come along. It's free, and guaranteed to be good.


A sometimes lonely journey.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

01 train journey reconstruction

When news of the 2011 Tsunami reached the UK, I had a very personal reaction to it. I felt that I needed to tell the story of what happened that day, in a way that people outside of Japan could relate to. None of us know how we would react in this kind of situation - and I wanted to show that we are all frail, that none of us is perfect, also to highlight the plight of the 60,000 people who…

Navigating relationships - new audio material

Friday, 7 April 2017

First of all welcome to new supporters. 90 of you have been kind enough to support Fukushima Dreams, which is amazing, and has helped the fund to get to 64%. I'm working hard to make it to 100!

I've been recording chapters of the book and releasing them on SoundCloud as a set - so if you'd like to get an audio preview, then visit http://soundcloud.com/badzelda/sets/fukushima-dreams. It's a great…

Why Unbound?

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Aoyama cemetery blossom

So, I had an interesting conversation in the pub yesterday about why I'm crowdfunding this book with Unbound, instead of self-publishing, which is how my first book came out. I learnt many things publishing Caposcripti. I had already been working in digital publishing, producing ebooks and apps for the likes of Penguin and Tate Publishing - so the actual production was pretty easy. I found a good…

Hideout...in flight from humanity

Friday, 24 March 2017

And so we reach chapter 5.

I tried not to judge him....


Day 6 update - Listen to chapter 4

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Japanese lady

I'm amazed...today the campaign has got to 51 followers.... Thanks so much!

Now I can't wait to actually get the book out to people.


It's been really interesting making audio recordings of the chapters over the last few days; hearing it with a different ear. Here's chapter 4: https://soundcloud.com/badzelda/fukushima-dreams-chapter-4?

I've been looking back though some of the notebooks…

Day 5 update - Listen to chapter 3

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Zao mountain hut 2006

Chapter 3, where Harry makes the decision to leave his family:


Picture credit: Wikipedia (Crown of Lenten rose)

Day 4 update - Listen to Chapter 2

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

So today, the second chapter...https://soundcloud.com/badzelda/fukushima-dreams-chapter-2


Day 3 update - Listen to Chapter 1

Monday, 20 March 2017

First of all THANK YOU to all the lovely kind supporters who will each be listed in the book.

I made an audio version of my first book, Caposcripti, and released a chapter a day. Here’s the first chapter of Fukushima Dreams for you: https://soundcloud.com/badzelda/fukushima-dreams-chapter-1

I'll be releasing more of these soon, at www.soundcloud.com/badzelda


Day 2 update: Displaced people and fragile lives

Sunday, 19 March 2017

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There were a number of reasons this book came together. First, I've always loved Japan. I had a close Japanese friend as a teenager, and visits to her house were like visiting another country - one I felt very comfortable in. I've long been a fan of Japanese writing: the sparseness of it, and the way that emotion lives between the lines rather than in the mouths of the protagonists. Writers like…

Day 1 update...and we're off!

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Zao mountain hut 2006

It's been an exciting week...

First of all making my first ever book trailer - which wouldn't have been possible without the help of the very talented Jess Phillimore (http://jessphillimore.com/), the great musical skills of Andy Dobson (http://digitonal.com/) and the scriptwriting skills of Bryony Morrison. The result is a very moving piece that's made me see the book in a new light. I don't know…

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Publication date: Winter 2018
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