‘Sublime Fiction and Literary Influences’ with Colm Tóibín in Bath bookshop event

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Join Colm Tóibín in an intimate venue for a talk about his new novel and non-fiction work about the American poet of the same name, On Elizabeth Bishop, at the iconic Topping & Company Booksellers in Bath.


Thursday 21st May 2015 at Topping and Company Booksellers, The Paragon, Bath, Somerset, BA1 5LS

7.30pm for 8.00pm start / £6-£7

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Toibin will talk on his new novel, Nora Webster, and 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 Toibin himself.

No matter the subject, Toibin’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.

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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