Sun, 24/05/2015 - 11:30
Tata Tent Hay Festival Wales


Colm Tóibín talks to Sarah Churchwell

Set in 1960s Ireland, Tóibín’s new novel Nora Webster introduces one of the most complex and captivating heroines of contemporary fiction. He discusses the book and his new study On Elizabeth Bishop. He creates a vivid picture of the American poet while also revealing how her work has helped shape his sensibility as a novelist and how her experiences of loss and exile resonate with his own.

Fri, 22/05/2015 - 18:00
Shuttle bus to/from every event from Lewes train station [Sold Out]

The literature of loss has a rich history. Colm Tóibín’s new book, Nora Webster, is infused with the grief he suffered following the death of his father, though told through the perspective of a mother. The setting is his home town in Ireland at a time of political and personal turmoil. Many of the events in the novel are autobiographical, though filtered through fiction. Colm Tóibín is a multi-award winning writer. His other books include Brooklyn (soon to be released as a film) and The Testament of Mary. Chaired by Claire Armitstead, Head of Books, Guardian and Observer. - See more at:

Thu, 21/05/2015 - 20:00
St Swithin's Church, The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LY

Please be aware the venue for this event has now changed to St Swithin’s Church.

Colm Tóibín is a towering figure in British literature: a leading critic, an unparalleled novelist and a warm, witty and captivating speaker. He will be speaking on his two latest books, his Costa Novel Award shortlisted, Nora Webster, and his biography of Elizabeth Bishop.

Nora Webster, once again set in Enniscorthy, harks back to Tóibín’s much-loved novels Brooklyn and Blackwater Lightship. Toibin’s love letter to Ireland, Nora Webster is a superbly painted portrait of personal grief against a political backdrop of an Ireland in flux.

Tóibín will also talk on one of his greatest literary influences, Elizabeth Bishop. In his biography, On Elizabeth, he explores her experiences of loss and exile, drawing a compelling double portrait of both Bishop and Tóibín himself.

No matter the subject, Tóibín’s talks are always full of life and humour, and this is a chance to see him in both his guises as a writer and as a lover of literature.