Colm Tóibín to talk ‘Literature of Loss’ at Charleston Festival in East Sussex

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We are pleased to announce that Colm Tóibín will be appearing at Charleston festival in East Sussex to discuss his new novel in the context of ‘Literature of Loss’ with Claire Armitstead.


Friday 22th May, 2015 at Charleston Farmhouse, Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6LL

6.00pm / £16

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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.

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.

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