CREATIVE Ollie Bevington & Sam Christie

NWR Issue 107

Scenes from a Hokkaidan Life by Eluned Gramich

Two-minute interpretation of the winning entry of the New Welsh Writing Awards 2015, Scenes from a Hokkaidan Life by Eluned Gramich. From the adjudication by co-judge Gwen Davies: ‘As precise and nuanced as Japanese calligraphy, this memoir of the author's stay on the remote Hokkaido island in the far north of Japan, has at its heart the mountain, Yotei-San, the region's iconic equivalent to Mount Fuji. As much about learning a language (with connotations of ‘reading’ a wild landscape) as it is about nature, this dignified and nuanced work evokes what is cultured and cultivated, and yet also honours the wild; the untranslatable. With its themes of seasonal transformation, the peripheral, folklore, loneliness and learning to belong, this work takes a personal philosophical stance in relation to the centre and the periphery.’

Eluned Gramich was born in Haverfordwest. Eluned studied English at Oxford and Creative Writing at UEA, before moving to live and work in Japan on a Daiwa scholarship. She has recently translated a collection of German short stories into English, and is currently working on her first novel.



       


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