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.

Wed, 20/05/2015 - 18:30
Palmerston Room, St John's College, St Johns Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TP

Colm Tóibín is one of our most brilliant writers: a leading critic, an unparalleled novelist and a warm, witty and captivating speaker. He will be discussing his two latest books, his Folio Prize shortlisted, Nora Webster, and his biography of Elizabeth Bishop.
Nora Webster, set in Enniscorthy, harks back to Tóibín’s much-loved novels Brooklyn and Blackwater Lightship. Tóibín’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 about 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.
Making his debut appearance in Cambridge this is a wonderful opportunity to hear from a true literary giant.

Tue, 19/05/2015 - 19:00
London Review Bookshop

In On Elizabeth Bishop novelist and essayist Colm Tóibín provides a deeply personal meditation on one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, and one who has had a powerful influence on his own work. ‘Above all,’ writes Saskia Hamilton, ‘he honours Bishop’s exact ways with language, and his sifting of what is said from what is unsaid in her poetry illuminates his own watchful and patient art as a novelist.’ Tóibín will be at the shop to talk about Elizabeth Bishop with the poet and critic Ruth Padel whose most recent collection, Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth, was published by Chatto in 2014.