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Woman Who Brings the Rain: A Memoir of Hokkaido, Japan by Eluned Gramich
Cover Woman Who Brings the Rain Eluned Gramich

Winner of the New Welsh Writing Awards 2015: WWF Cymru Prize for Writing on Nature and the Environment
www.newwelshwritingawards.com

WALES BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER 2016 SHORTLIST

NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT!

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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 untrans- latable. 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.

We are offering the print edition at a special price of £7 (RRP £7.99) including post and packing until 31 August 2016. To take up this offer please email Bronwen Williams at admin@newwelshreview.com.

FILMS

New Welsh Writing Awards 2015 3-minute winner filmic interpretation & performed reading

11-minute New Welsh Writing Awards 2015 shortlist showcase with author readings & animation

Wales Book of the Year 2016 Shortlist announcement, with detailed discussion of book towards the end

Wales Book of the Year 2016 Shortlist Readings


REVIEWS

WALES BOOK OF THE YEAR FINAL ADJUDICATION (JUSTIN ALBERT)
{Eluned Gramich} is a name to hear time and again in the future. {This writing} is as good as we the jurors have ever read... short but perfectly formed... absolutely perfect.'

WALES BOOK OF THE YEAR SHORTLISTING ADJUDICATION (PROF TONY BROWN):
Quite beautiful. {The author encounters a culture that is completely alien} and she does it with a poet's eye... precisely and vitally. She reads this unfamiliarity with all her imaginative nerve-endings open: the effect is quite remarkable... {reminiscent of a} netsuke {in its} precision.

WALES ARTS REVIEW:
Most rewarding is the philosophical approach... {Gramich's} embracing of... cultural multiplicity, fluidity and adaptability... suits perfectly the changing boundaries of our modern world.

AMAZON.CO.UK:
'Enticing... a wonderful read which will nourish me for months to come'; 'Such an evocative read... very beautiful... visual story'; 'Really beautiful and thoughtful... a page-turner and highly recommended'.

Eluned Gramich





Born in Haverfordwest, Eluned Gramich studied English at Oxford and Creative Writing at UEA, before moving to live and work in Japan on a Daiwa scholarship. Her translated collection of German short stories, Goldfish Memory (Monique Schwitter), was published by Parthian in spring 2015. She is currently working on her first novel. Woman Who Brings the Rain won the New Welsh Writing Awards 2015, People, Place & Planet: WWF Cymru Prize for Writing on Nature and the Environment, in February 2015 under the title, 'Scenes from a Hokkaidan Life'.

New Welsh Rarebyte is an imprint of New Welsh Review that publishes the winners of the New Welsh Writing Awards as a Kindle ebook with White Fox.


Watch a performed reading and filmic interpretation of Woman Who Brings the Rain: A Memoir of Hokkaido, Japan



Watch interviews with the three shortlisted authors for the New Welsh Writing Awards 2015: WWF Cymru Prize for Writing on Nature & the Environment: Elaine Ewart (Heligoland: An Ecology of Exile); Philip Jones (Waves on the Hydrocarbon Seas of Titan) and Eluned Gramich (Scenes from a Hokkaidan Life)



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