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)

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James Valentine presents Afternoons on ABC Radio Sydney. He is also the presenter of ABC TV’s weekly arts show The Mix. He’s been working in media as a TV producer, broadcaster, feature writer, reviewer for over thirty years. He wrote the JumpMan series for young readers and began his working life as a musician appearing with Models and Jo Camilleri.