Lesley Downer is an author, journalist, and historian. After finding herself in Japan, nearly by accident, she spent some fifteen years living there on and off and has written many books, both non-fiction and fiction, about it. Downer has traveled all over the world as a journalist and served as the historical consultant for Northern Baller’s spectacular 2020 ballet, Geisha. Currently, she is a visiting lecturer at City University in London, where she teaches on the MA program in Creative Writing.
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