Colm Tóibín

Friday 22 September, 8pm

Bangor Castle


‘There are a few fiction writers whose words reach out to us from the very first sentences of a book, compelling our assent and our delight. Tóibín is one of these writers, for me.’
- Tessa Hadley in The Guardian

One of Ireland’s best-loved authors, Colm has written novels, plays, non-fiction, memoir and short stories. Three of his novels have been nominated for the Booker Prize, while The Master won the IMPAC Award in 2006. Brooklyn, which won the 2009 Costa Book Award, was later made into a film starring Saoirse Ronan, and nominated for four Academy Awards. His 2013 play The Testament of Mary, starring Fiona Shaw and directed by Deborah Warner, was nominated for a Tony Award.

Tóibín’s ninth novel, the critically acclaimed House of Names, was published this year, and through its central characters Clytemnestra and her children, is a broad retelling of Aeschylus’ The Oresteia. Praised by the New York Times for ‘making Greek myth startle us afresh’, The Guardian described it as a novel which ‘glows with the special radiance of antiquity.’
Award-winning writer, memoirist, critic, screenwriter and broadcaster, Glenn Patterson will host this event.

Colm Tóibín in conversation with Glenn Patterson