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Scriptwriting course a hit with journalists; “Hyouka”, “Doraemon” animators confirmed as Kyoto arson casualties

Journalists union adds another date for scriptwriting course; upcoming Manga exhibition review on Comics Grid; Dark-Hunter author drops £16.4m lawsuit against husband; Takemoto and Kigami confirmed as amongst the 35 perished in Kyoto Animation arson attack.


NUJ scriptwriting course is a hit with journalists

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has added an extra date for their hit course, Introduction to drama scriptwriting. There is one coming up on 14 September 2019 and a new one on 12 October 2019.

Each session costs £95 for NUJ members and £120 for non-members. Story Of Books attended the one held in September 2018 at Headland House, London, and it was quite good.

A photojournalist asked the NUJ why it is offering scriptwriting course when the union for TV writers is the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. The NUJ responded that it offers writing courses that benefit the careers of its members. Many journalists also write fictions. In fact, two writers we featured on Story Of Books, Phil Mac Giolla Bhain and FR Di Brozolo, are journalists. Story Of Books editor and creative director also belong to the same union.

If you are interested in the course, book a place at online.

More on the course

Introduction to TV drama scriptwriting
Saturday 14 September 2019, 10.00-17.00
NUJ, Headland House, 72 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NB


Upcoming review on Manga exhibition

We don’t do reviews on Story Of Books, but rather, interviews and news. Our policy is for authors to talk about their own works. So that’s why we welcome authors to have Q&A’s with us.

However, our editor was recently invited to review The Citi exhibition Manga at the British Museum for the Comics Grid: Journal Of Comic Scholarship.

It’s an open access scholarly journal written and read by academics. So it’s not pop culture like Story Of Books. We are honoured to have been asked to review an exhibition about one of our favourite genres. We had read manga, books, attended seminars and watched so many anime for the review. We got so many pointers on Kyusai and manga from the Japan House symposium, Classical Arts X Digital Technologies, that we attended in June 2019. We are also pleased that we will have editors from academia that will oversee the article, which is a luxury to us.

We will inform you once the review is up on the Comics Grid. Hope you will be entertained and informed at the same time.

About the Comics Grid: Journal Of Comic Scholarship


Stranger than fiction

Our creative director follows Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series and she was the one who pointed out to us the £16.4m lawsuit that the author had against her husband and her two assistants.

It was recently dropped. In the lawsuit, Kenyon claimed that her husband and assistants tried to poison her. We asked our creative director what Dark-Hunter is like. “Oh, paranormal fantasy with some sex in it,” she replied.

In 2016, Kenyon sued author Cassandra Clare for allegedly copying her works with the latter’s Shadowhunter series.


Anime mourns the deaths of Yasuhiro Takemoto and Yoshiji Kigami

It’s the news we’ve been dreading. It is confirmed that Yasuhiro Takemoto, 47, anime director of Violet Evergarden and Hyouka, is one of the victims that perished in the arson attack on Kyoto Animation in July 2019.

Also confirmed as one of the victims is Yoshiji Kigami, 61, an animator who had worked on renown anime classics such as Doraemon and Grave Of The Fireflies. Kigami had also worked with Takemoto on Hyouka and Violet Evergarden. It’s a pity we don’t get to see Takemoto and Kigami extend their talents to other formats, such as films.

We first wrote about the US$2m fund raised for the victims on 23 July 2019.

If you have the time, do catch Hyouka, if not the other works that these animators were known for. It is wonderfully directed with a mature storyline. It’s a wonder how such innocence and hope can be captured in animation. But that sophisticated level of storytelling can only be told from experience.

We hope this is the true legacy that Takemoto and Kigami will be remembered by.

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