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Clive Lawton was born in Surrey, England, on 3 October 1977. He graduated in English Literature from the University of Southampton in 2001 and received his PGCE from the University of London to teach English at post-compulsory level the following year.
After teaching English Literature and Language in West London, he went on to assist the learning and development of children with special needs before moving to Japan in July 2006. His first job in Japan was for a private Language School in the heart of Shinjuku, Tokyo. Experiences from this period make up what later became Japanese Journal, some of which is featured on his website and recounts his first year in Japan.
In early 2008, Clive was again teaching English as a foreign language to international students in Guernsey, Channel Islands. By the Summer he was back in East Asia having taken on a marketing role in Taiwan, but this was also to be a rather brief stop-gap. After another year back home in the UK, he returned to Japan in the Spring of 2010. Initially staying in Tokyo, he accepted a teaching position in the town of Tsuchiura in Ibaraki, about 50 miles north of the capital.
At the time of the Fukushima earthquake on 11 March 2011, Clive was in Central Tokyo, but in the days following the disaster managed to travel back into Ibaraki where there was a far greater level of destruction. His experiences and those of others he knew and met at that time, formed the basis for the novel 'Flowers From Fukushima'.