The School’s Honorary Professor Roger Pulvers is an acclaimed author, playwright, theatre and film director, translator and journalist. He has published more than fifty books in Japanese and English, including novels such as The Death of Urashima Taro, General Yamashita’s Treasure, Star Sand, Liv, and The Dream of Lafcadio Hearn. Over the past fifty years, he has translated prose, drama and poetry from Japanese, Russian and Polish. His plays have been widely performed in Australia, Japan and the United States. His most recent publications include: The Unmaking of an American (non-fiction) and Poems 2020: Translation from Russian, Polish and Japanese, Notes and Commentary.    

Roger has worked extensively in film and television. He was assistant to director Nagisa Oshima on the film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, starring David Bowie, Tom Conti and Ryuichi Sakamoto. He also co-wrote the script for the Japanese film Ashita e no Yuigon (Best Wishes for Tomorrow), for which he won the Crystal Simorgh Prize for Best Script at the 27th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran. In 2017 the feature film of his book Star Sand, which he wrote and directed, had a wide release throughout Japan. 

He received the prestigious Miyazawa Kenji Prize in 2008 and the Noma Award for the Translation of Japanese Literature in 2013; in 2018, Japan’s highest honour, the Order of the Rising Sun; and in 2019, the Order of Australia.