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Stranger Than Fiction: The SWH! Podcast Talks To John Gerard Fagan...

For the latest SWH! podcast Ali caught up with writer John Gerard Fagan to talk about his memoir Fish Town (published by Guts Publishing) which is all about his time living and working in Japan.

The two discuss John's reasons for leaving Scotland, why he decided to write Fish Town, the format of memoir and free-verse, and the influences he drew on.

They also talk about how his expectations were overturned early on, his life in the Fish Town of the title, his experiences of teaching English in a variety of institutions, the physical and mental challenges he faced, the people he met who left the greatest impressions (for good and bad) a few of the more memorable experiences, how living abroad affected his view of home, and so much more.

You can read the SWH! review of Fish Town here - Out Of Water.

Fish Town is out now published by Guts Publishing.

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We will be back soon with another excellent guest or guests. In the meantime you can always check out our back catalogue of over 200 interviews with some of the most interesting names in Scottish culture.


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