Polly Barton is a Japanese to English translator currently living in Bristol, UK. Born and raised in West London, she studied Philosophy at Cambridge University before moving to Japan to teach English on Sado, a remote S-shaped island off the coast of Niigata. There she began to learn Japanese, and quickly became hooked.

After earning her MA in the Theory and Practice of Translation from SOAS (University of London), she slowly made her way back to Japan, via Frankfurt where she worked for a stint at Nintendo of Europe. In 2012, Polly was awarded first prize in the inaugural Japanese Language Publishing Project (JLPP) Competition for her translations of Kobo Abe and Natsuki Ikezawa.

She has been working as a freelance translator for ten years now, dealing with a whole range of texts, specialising in literature, non-fiction, and art-related texts. Her translation of Spring Garden by Tomoka Shibasaki is out in January 2017 from Pushkin Press.

As well as writing, reading, listening to audiobooks and everything else bookish, Polly also enjoys making collages, playing taiko drums, running, going to art museums and gigs, and karaoke. 

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