Writers In Kyoto

English-language authors in Japan’s old imperial capital

Category: Misc.

Richardson on Frost (Jan 21)

Mark Richardson, one of the most prominent scholars on the poet Robert Frost (1874-1963), will be presenting material related to the poet on Jan 21 (for details, please see the right-hand column). In particular he will be discussing an interesting but never published––and never mailed––letter that affords a fascinating look into the poet’s life and …Read More

A listing of Kyoto books in English

Books set in Kyoto start with the classics… Murasaki Shikibu – The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari) (c.1000-21) Sei Shonagon – The Pillow Book (Makura no Sōshi) (1002) Kamo no Chomei – An Account of a Ten Foot Square Hut (Hojoki) (1212) anon – Ōkagami (the Great Mirror) date unknown anon – The Tales of the Heike (Heike Monogatari) mid-13th …Read More

Quotations about writing

Timeless advice on writing from famous authors Created by Maria Popova (www.brainpickings.org) on Jun 18 2012. Marilynne Robinson: “Beauty,” Writing, What Storytelling Can Learn from Science, and the Splendors of Uncertainty “We are part of a mystery, a splendid mystery within which we must attempt to orient ourselves if we are to have a sense of …Read More

Walking and Writing

WALKING AND WRITING (by John Dougill) At the end of March 2015,  I attended a stimulating conference on Coleridge and Contemplation at Notre Dame University. A couple of the sessions were of particular relevance to a theme that has long intrigued me – the connection of writing and creativity. When doing my PhD, I was …Read More

Haruki Murakami, when asked recently about what advice he would give to an aspiring writer had an interesting take on the matter.  “The act of writing is the same as sweet-talking a woman, in that you can get better, to an extent, with practice. Fundamentally, though, your abilities are determined by the talents you’ve been born with. Well, anyway, do your best.” (See the full article for more.)  

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