Kansai: Sounds & Effects

Short Fiction Open Mike Event in Kobe! Don’t miss it!

SWET Kansai presents

Sounds & Effects


Writers Jared Angel, Sue Herbert, Suzanne Kamata, Rebecca Otowa, and Chris Page will give readings and talk about their work. (see bios below)


Time: Sunday, October 6, 2013   3-5 pm

Venue: Planet Earth Café, Kobe
How to get here: Exit JR Motomachi West Exit and turn left. Walk to the right, and just past the bookshop, Japan Books, is the entrance to the shopping arcade under the JR tracks. Planet Earth Café is in the 2nd block on your right, next to the 2nd used CD/LP shop you encounter on your right in that block.

Fee: SWET members admitted free. Non-members 500 yen. (All attendees are requested to order one drink from the café.)

For more information contact SWET Kansai


Writer Bios (in alphabetical order)

Jared Angel in the author of Betraying the God of Light and Humans Rising (released January 2014). He teaches part-time at four universities around Kobe and his main research interest is identity formation, especially gender.

Sue Herbert is a translator who moved to London from Kobe four years ago. After a lifetime of writing other people’s words she’s now trying to find the courage to write her own.

American Suzanne Kamata lives in Shikoku where she writes fiction, teaches English, and serves as Fiction Editor for Kyoto Journal. Her novels include Losing Kei (Leapfrog Press, 2008), Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible (GemmaMedia, 2013) and the forthcoming The Screaming Divas (Merit Press, 2014).  For more info, please visit suzannekamata.com.

Born in the U.S., Rebecca Otowa spent her teenage years in Australia. She arrived in Kyoto in 1978 and has never left! Her book of essays, At Home in Japan, was released in 2010, and her self-illustrated children’s book, My Awesome Japan Adventure, will be released in October 2013.

Chris Page: Editor, writer of fiction and non-fiction; expatriate (or exile?); cat person; garlic idolater; red wine for blood and cheese in his soul. Author of the novel Weed and the collection of short stories Un-Tall Tales, available in paperback and ebook from all good book retailers called Amazon.

As an aside, Kobe is holding its biannual art festival, Biennale, in October, and some of the vacant shops in the arcade that stretches to JR Kobe Stn will have installations. 


See you there!