Duration 60 Mins

PROGRAMME CHANGE: Polly Barton will be replacing Kate Briggs

Transforming a first draft into a manuscript that’s ready to be published takes time, energy, and dedication. Join Jacques Testard and Polly Barton in conversation with Michael Magee to explore the unique relationship that forms between writers and their editors. They’ll discuss the intricacies of editing, and their experience publishing Barton’s books, from her two books of non-fiction Fifty Sounds and Porn: An Oral History to Barton’s translated works.




Author Biographies

Jacques Testard is a co-founder of The White Review and the founder and publisher of Fitzcarraldo Editions. He has published authors including Svetlana Alexievich, Polly Barton, Kate Briggs, Joshua Cohen, Brian Dillon, Mathias Enard, Annie Ernaux, Jon Fosse, Sheila Heti, Esther Kinsky, Fernanda Melchor, Ian Penman, Paul B. Preciado, Jacqueline Rose, Adania Shibli, Maria Stepanova and Olga Tokarczuk.

Polly Barton is a writer and Japanese-English translator based in the UK. She is the author of Fifty Sounds and Porn: An Oral History, both published by Fitzcarraldo Editions. Her translations include Butter by Asako Yuzuki, Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda, Spring Garden by Tomoka Shibasaki, and There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura. Her translation of Mild Vertigo by Mieko Kanai was awarded a 2023-2024 Lindsley and Masao Miyoshi Translation Prize. 

Event Location

The Mick Lally Theatre

Druid Lane,

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