Richard Lloyd Parry, Asia Editor of The Times, refects on the process of writing Ghosts of the Tsunami, a gripping account of the deadly 2011 tsunami in Japan. He talks to the ABC’s James Valentine about how he weaved the personal accounts of survivors with broader discussion of the political and economic impacts of the event. A journalist who has reported in some 21 countries, he brings a fascinating perspective to the role of storytelling in a world increasingly affected by issues of sustainability, climate change and natural disaster.

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James Valentine (Australian)

James Valentine

James Valentine has presented Afternoons on ABC Radio Sydney for twenty years. At some point he's done something for all major media outlets. He's written a children's book series, JumpMan. He began life as a musician working for major Australian bands and performers such as Models, Jo Camilleri and Wendy Matthews.