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Academic Background

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, University of East Anglia

1 Oct 20151 Sep 2016

Award Date: 2 Dec 2016

Master of Studies, University of Oxford

1 Sep 20041 Sep 2005

Award Date: 29 Jul 2006

Bachelor of Arts, University of Liverpool

1 Sep 20019 Jul 2004

Award Date: 9 Jul 2004

Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia

1 Oct 20161 Sep 2020