Colm Tóibín in conversation with Sarah Churchwell at Hay festival

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This May Colm Tóibín will be appearing at Hay festival in the Brecon Beacons National Park to discuss poet Elizabeth Bishop and his new novel with Sarah Churchwell.


Sunday 24th May, 2015 at Llwyfan Cymru (Wales Stage), Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AD

11.30am / £7

Book Tickets

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.

Nora Webster:

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.

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