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Japan Research Centre

The Cat and The City: Creative Writing and Japan

The Cat and The City
Dr Nick Bradley (Author and Visiting Research Fellow at UEA)

Date: 14 October 2020Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 14 October 2020Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Webinar


In Tokyo - one of the world's largest megacities - a stray cat is wending her way through the back alleys. And, with each detour, she brushes up against the seemingly disparate lives of the city-dwellers, connecting them in unexpected ways.

But the city is changing. As it does, it pushes her to the margins where she chances upon a series of apparent strangers - from a homeless man squatting in an abandoned hotel, to a shut-in hermit afraid to leave his house, to a convenience store worker searching for love. The cat orbits Tokyo's denizens, drawing them ever closer.

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The Cat and The City: Creative Writing and Japan

Nick Bradley

Speaker Biography

Nick Bradley is a graduate of both the MA in Creative Writing Prose, and the PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. His debut novel The Cat and The City, which follows the adventures of a stray cat in Tokyo, was published by Atlantic Books in the UK & Commonwealth in June 2020, and the US & Canada in September 2020, and is currently being translated into multiple languages. It was chosen for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club with Jo Whiley, and has received praise in The Times, Guardian, Publishers Weekly, Asian Review of Books amongst others, as well as from authors such as David Mitchell, David Peace, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Elizabeth Macneal. Nick lived and worked in Japan on and off for a decade. He currently lives in Norwich.


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