Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford in 1955.
His novels are The South (London, Serpent’s Tail, 1990; New York, Viking, 1991); The Heather Blazing (London, Picador, 1992; New York, Viking, 1993); The Story of the Night (Picador 1997); The Blackwater Lightship (Picador, 1999) for which he was shortlisted for The Booker Prize, 1999; The Master (Picador, 2004); The Testament of Mary (London/New York, Viking, 2012); and Nora Webster (London, Penguin/New York, Scribner), 2014).
His stories are collected as Mothers and Sons (Picador, 2006/New York, Scriber, 2008), which won the Edge Hill Prize; and The Empty Family (London Viking, 2010/Scribner, 2011).
His non-fiction includes Homage to Barcelona, London, Simon & Schuster, 1990); Bad Blood (London, Vintage, 1994); The Sign of the Cross – Travels in Catholic Europe (London, Jonathan Cape, 1994);The Modern Library:the 200 Best Novels Since 1950 ([with Carmen Callil] Picador, 1999); Lady Gregory’s Toothbrush (Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 2002); Love in a Dark Time: Gay Lives from Wilde to Almodovar (Picador, 2002); and All a Novelist Needs: Essays on Henry James (Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins University Press, ed. Susan M. Griffin, 2010).
He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Ulster and from University College Dublin, and is a regular contributor to the Dublin Review, the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books. He has twice been Stein Visiting Writer at Stanford University and also been a visiting writer at the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently Leonard Milberg Lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton University.
He is based in Dublin and is a member of Aosdána.
Colm Tóibín in conversation. At Sydney Writers’ Festival 2010
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This is an excerpt of author Colm Tóibín’s appearance at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, hosted by Caroline Baum.