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Iain Maloney at the Japan Writers Conference


The Only Gaijin in the Village: Making Narratives Out of Experience
Lecture/Reading with Q&A

‘In 2016 my wife and I bought a house and moved to a small village in rural Gifu Prefecture. I began writing a series of columns for Gaijinpot about my experiences as the only gaijin in the village, which was published as a memoir in spring 2020.

This presentation will focus on making narratives out of the real world experiences, both personal and from contemporary history. There are two sides to this coin: I will talk about the process of fictionalizing real events, looking at writers such as David Peace, while touching on my own fiction work. I will also look at turning everyday experiences into memoir. I will talk about the process of moving from writing fiction to narrative non-fiction, the similarities between the two forms and the challenges inherent in leaving the imaginary for the actual. I will also talk about appropriation, and the tensions between factual accuracy and the requirements of storytelling.’

Iain Maloney teaches English and creative writing at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies. He is the author of three novels and a collection of poetry. His memoir about life in rural Japan, The Only Gaijin in the Village, was published in spring 2020. www.iainmaloney.com @iainmaloney


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Topic: JWC Sunday Room 3

Time: Oct 11, 2020 08:30 Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

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Meeting ID: 924 5043 7884

Passcode: JWC2020

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Saturday 10 Oct 2020
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