Richard Lloyd Parry, Asia Editor of The Times, refects on the process of writing Ghosts of the Tsunami, a gripping account of the deadly 2011 tsunami in Japan. He talks to the ABC’s James Valentine about how he weaved the personal accounts of survivors with broader discussion of the political and economic impacts of the event. A journalist who has reported in some 21 countries, he brings a fascinating perspective to the role of storytelling in a world increasingly affected by issues of sustainability, climate change and natural disaster.

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Richard Lloyd Parry (United Kingdom)

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Richard Lloyd Parry is a British author and award-winning foreign correspondent. Since 1995 has lived in Tokyo, where he is the Asia Editor of The Times of London. He has reported from twenty-nine countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, and North Korea. He has also contributed to the London Review of Books, Granta and the The New York Times. He is the author of In the Time of Madness, an account of violence and black magic in Indonesia, People Who Eat Darkness about the disappearance of British woman in Tokyo, and Ghosts of the Tsunami about the 2011 disaster in Japan.

James Valentine (Australian)

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James Valentine presents Afternoons on ABC Radio Sydney. He is also the presenter of ABC TV’s weekly arts show The Mix. He’s been working in media as a TV producer, broadcaster, feature writer, reviewer for over thirty years. He wrote the JumpMan series for young readers and began his working life as a musician appearing with Models and Jo Camilleri.