Author and Journalist

A True Japanese Ghost Story

4 September 2017
Lantern ghost

When Atsu started to drift off she saw looming faces and felt cobwebby fingers brushing against her skin. She felt the wind of spirits rushing by and a roar like the crashing of waves on the beach. It was the cries and moans of all the babies who’d died here. The Shogun’s Queen The Women’s […]

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Tea the Japanese way

25 August 2017
Tea the Japanese way

Princess Konoe lifted the lid of the tiny porcelain tea jar and a fresh sweet scent wafted out. ‘Uji tea,’ she said brightly. ‘The finest in the land. Have you ever tried it?’ Atsu shook her head. ‘An urn of this same tea is sent up to the Great Ruler in Edo every year. All […]

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A Date for Your Diary: Bradford Literature Festival on July 2nd

18 May 2017
COURTESANS AND CONCUBINES – in conversation with Moni Mohsin

Sunday July 2nd at 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm

Bradford Literature Festival
Bradford City Hall Banqueting Suite

COURTESANS AND CONCUBINES – in conversation with Moni Mohsin

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Lesley Downer speaking on Sadayakko at the Royal Opera House

24 March 2017
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Click below to watch Lesley speaking on Sadayakko at the Royal Opera House on Tuesday March 14th 2017

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A Date for Your Diary: Daunt Books talk on 9th February 2017

27 January 2017
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Thursday, February 9th 2017 at 6.30 – 8.00 pm
Daunt Books
51 South End Road,
London NW3 2QB
Illustrated talk: ‘ “Traveller” – let that be my name.’ Travelling Japan through the ages
£5 entry fee includes wine, nibbles and conviviality – Click here to BOOK TICKETS

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A Date for Your Diary: SISJAC Talk at Norwich Cathedral 19th January

21 December 2016
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SISJAC (Sainsbury’s Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture)
The Hostry,
Norwich Cathedral,
Norwich

Illustrated talk: The Shogun’s Harem: Life in the Women’s Palace in Nineteenth Century Japan

Admission free. All welcome. Places are limited and booking is essential – Click here to BOOK A PLACE

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A Date for Your Diary: Asia House talk on 8th February 2017

23 November 2016
Love at the Crossroads in Old Japan, a talk at Asia House by Lesley Downer

Wednesday 8th February, 2017 at 6.45 – 8.00 pm
Asia House
63 New Cavendish Street,
London W1G 7LP

Illustrated talk: Love at the Crossroads in Old Japan

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A Date for Your Diary: Daiwa Foundation Japan House talk 13th December

2 November 2016
The Shogun’s Secret World of Women, an illustrated talk by Lesley Downer at the Daiwa Foundation Japan House

Tuesday 13th December, 2016 at 6.00 pm

Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace,
Outer Circle,
London NW1 4QP

Illustrated talk: The Shogun’s Secret World of Women
Admission free, booking essential

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A Date for Your Diary: October Gallery lecture 7th December

27 October 2016
The Shogun’s Harem

Wednesday  7th December, 2016 at 6:00 – 9:00 pm
October Gallery Theatre
24 Old Gloucester Street
London
WC1N 3AL

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A Date for Your Diary: Travelling Through lecture 4th November

5 October 2016
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Friday 4 November, 2016 at 6:00 – 8:00pm

Travelling Through
131 Lower Marsh,
London SE1 7AE

Illustrated talk: ‘ “Traveller” – let that be my name.’ Travelling Japan through the ages […]

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