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2019.07.13 The International Literature Festival Dublin
The International Literature Festival Dublin was held from May 17th through 26 in Dublin, Ireland. From Japan, Tomoka Shibasaki made her visit as its first international writer-in-residence, as well as the translator for Shibasaki's book, Polly Barton, and Professor Hiroko Mikami, an Irish literature researcher from Waseda University, to talk about translation.

The International Literature Festival Dublin, founded in 1998, is Ireland’s premier literary event and gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthrall. With readings, discussions, debates, workshops, performance, and screenings, the festival creates a hotbed of ideas. Children’s fiction is well represented and we are spoilt for choice with the caliber of Irish language writers.

Tomoka Shibasaki penned “Spring Garden” in 2014 which became the recipient of the high-profile Japanese literary award Akutagawa Prize. The book was then translated by Polly Barton and was published in 2017 from Pushkin Press. Polly Barton is a Japanese-English translator who lives in Bristol. "Spring Garden" was her first full-length novella. They finally had an opportunity to meet in Dublin.

Dublin is known as the City of Words, the birthplace of famous authors such as James Joyce, Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde whose works are popular in Japan. Shibasaki tweeted about her visit to Oscar Wilde's statue in Dublin.