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Colm Tóibín will talk about his new novel and non-fiction work about the American poet of the same name, On Elizabeth Bishop, at Bristol’s Festival of Ideas.
Thursday 21st May, 2015 at Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX
12.30pm-1.30pm / £5-£6
Tóibín will talk about his career and writing, in particular his new non-fiction work On Elizabeth Bishop, an introduction to the work and life of one of his most important literary influences—the American poet Elizabeth Bishop, and his eighth novel Nora Webster, which dramatises the life of a woman and her family in a small town in Ireland in the late 1960s.
Colm Tóibín was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of six novels including The Blackwater Lightship and The Master, both of which were shorlisted for the Booker Prize, and Brooklyn, which won the Costa Novel Award. The Testament of Mary was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He has also published two collections of short stories, Mothers and Sons and The Empty Family. He is currently Mellon Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
It is the late 1960’s in Ireland. Nora Webster is living in a small town looking after her four children, trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. She is fiercely intelligent, at times difficult and impatient, but she is trapped by her circumstances, and waiting for any chance which will lift her beyond them.
Slowly, through the gift of music and the power of friendship, she finds a glimmer of hope and a way of starting again. As the dynamic of the family changes, she emerges as a figure fiercely self-possessed but also of great moral ambiguity, making her one of the most memorable heroines in contemporary fiction.