文学賞

Literary Award

1st Yakamochi Medal Award Decision

※「第1回大伴家持文学賞・高志の国詩歌賞受賞者の決定について(2018.06.07)」と同一の内容です。

Winner of the 1st Yakamochi Medal

Michael Longley, poet (UK, Northern Ireland, 78 years old)
Major work: The Weather in Japan (2000)

Michael Longley was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1939. He was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Trinity College Dublin, where he read Classics. For twenty years he worked for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, promoting local literature and traditional music. Longley has published eleven books of poetry. His Collected Poems appeared in 2006. His most recent collection, Angel Hill, came out in 2017, as did Sidelines: Selected Prose 1962-2015. His previous collection The Stairwell (2014) won the Griffin International Prize. In 2001 he received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and in 2003 the Wilfred Owen Award. In addition, he has won the Whitbread Prize for Poetry, the Hawthornden Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. In 2015 Longley was elected a Freeman of the City of Belfast, and in 2010 he was appointed a CBE. From 2007 to 2010 he was Ireland Professor of Poetry. In 2017 he received the PEN Pinter Prize. In 1991 Longley visited Japan and was so moved by Japanese art and culture that they continue to influence his poetry: indeed, one of his most successful collections is called The Weather in Japan.

Award Ceremony

Date/Time: Sat. July 28th starting at 14:30
Location: Toyama Prefecture Civic Hall (4-18 Shinsogawa, Toyama City)
Event Name: Held during the Memorial Ceremony for the 1300th Anniversary of the Birth of Otomo no Yakamochi
Contents: Lecture by the medal winner, panel discussion, memorial concert
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