Nick Bradley (BA, MSt Oxon, MA) is a fourth-year Creative and Critical Writing PhD student, funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. After graduating with a master's degree in English Literature in 2005, he spent ten years working for Japanese organisations in Hiroshima, Frankfurt and Tokyo. He returned to the U.K. to complete an MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2016.
His PhD is an 80,000-word novel set in Tokyo, and a 20,000-word critical essay examining the figure of the cat in Japanese literature. As well as a historical overview, he is focussing on three writers in particular: Natsume Sōseki, Tanizaki Jun’ichiro, and Murakami Haruki.
He was recently recipient of a Santander Mobility Award, allowing him to conduct archival research on Natsume Sōseki’s diaries and letters at the Tohoku University Library in Sendai during the Autumn Semester of 2018.
The creative section of his PhD will be published as a novel by Atlantic Books in May 2020 under the title of The Cat and the City.
Master of Arts, University of East Anglia
1 Oct 2015 → 1 Sep 2016
Award Date: 2 Dec 2016
Master of Studies, University of Oxford
1 Sep 2004 → 1 Sep 2005
Award Date: 29 Jul 2006
Bachelor of Arts, University of Liverpool
1 Sep 2001 → 9 Jul 2004
Award Date: 9 Jul 2004
Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia
1 Oct 2016 → 1 Sep 2020