The Empty Family; an Evening with Colm Tóibín

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Nov 09, 2011
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM


Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson Building South Wing

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Before the discussion, the fourth Literary Leicester festival will be officially opened by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Robert Burgess.

Chair: Sarah Graham

Colm Tóibín is a multi-award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic, and, most recently, poet.

Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford in 1955. He studied at University College Dublin and lived in Barcelona between 1975 and 1978. Out of his experience in Barcelona he produced two books, the novel The South (winner of the Irish Times/Aer Lingus First Fiction Award) and Homage to Barcelona, both published in 1990. His journalism from the 1980s was collected in The Trial of the Generals (1990).

His other work as a journalist and travel writer includes Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border (1987) and The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe (1994). His other novels are: The Heather Blazing (1992, winner of the Encore Award); The Story of the Night (1996, winner of the Ferro-Grumley Prize); The Blackwater Lightship (1999); The Master (2004, winner of the Dublin IMPAC Prize; the Prix du Meilleur Livre; the LA Times Novel of the Year); Brooklyn (2009, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year).

His collections of short stories comprise Mothers and Sons (2006, winner of the Edge Hill Prize) and The Empty Family (2010). His play Beauty in a Broken Place was performed at the Peacock Theatre in Dublin in 2004. He has twice been Stein Visiting Writer at Stanford University and is currently Leonard Milberg Lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton University.

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  • Followed by a book signing.


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