The Art of Memory: Colm Tóibin and Andrew O'Hagan in conversation

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Sat, 25/09/2021 - 19:00 - 20:30

Colm Toíbín and Andrew O'Hagan will captivate you in this magical conversation about the role of memory in their recent novels.

Colm Tóibin and Andrew O'Hagan discuss the role of memory in their recent novels. In Andrew O'Hagan's Mayflies, the narrative dramatizes an event in the past which is evoked with sharpness and a sense that something indelible is being recreated. In Colm Tóibín's The Magician, Thomas Mann deals with his lost childhood in Lübeck as though it could all be reconstructed in his memory.

Colm Tóibín, internationally-renowned novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic, poet and one of Ireland’s greatest living writers is a native of Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Colm lived in Barcelona, Spain in the 1970s and on his return to Dublin, he worked as a journalist with In Dublin, Hibernia and The Sunday Tribune. He became editor of Magill in 1982 and left in 1985 to travel widely in Africa and South America. His early publications included collections of his journalism and accounts of his travels in Ireland and abroad.

Colm is the author of ten novels, including Brooklyn (2009), Nora Webster (2015) and House of Names (2017) and two collections of stories. He has been three times shortlisted for the Booker Prize for The Blackwater Lightship (1999), The Master (2005), The Testament of Mary (2012), the play of which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 2013. His book, Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know on the fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce was published in 2019. Other work includes collections of short stories, poetry, many works of non-fiction and editorial works. His writing has been translated into more than thirty languages. Colm has received honorary doctorates from the University of Ulster, University College Dublin, the University of East Anglia and the Open University. He is currently a contributing editor at the London Review of Books and Mellon Professor of Humanities at Columbia University in New York. He divides his time between his homes in Dublin, New York and Los Angeles.

Colm's most recent novel, The Magician was published by Penguin Books Ltd. on 23 September 2021.

Andrew O’Hagan is one of the most exciting contemporary writers in Britain today. His novel, The Illuminations, was long listed for the 2015 Booker Prize, following two previous nominations for Be Near Me in 2006 and Our Fathers in 1999. He has won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, among many others. 

He is editor-at-large of the London Review of Books and visiting Professor of Writing at King’s College London. Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Andrew was born in Glasgow, grew up in North Ayrshire, studied at the University of Strathclyde, and now lives between London and Edinburgh. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books where, among many other pieces, his heart-tearing essay, The Tower, on the Grenfell fire, is published.

Andrew’s new novel Mayflies, published in 2020, is now out in paperback from Faber & Faber.

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