Delta Visiting Chair Colm Tóibín – Public conversation with Fintan O’Toole and performance by Iarla Ó Lionáird
200 N Milledge Ave
Athens, GA 30601
The Willson Center will welcome the internationally acclaimed Irish writer Colm Tóibín to the University of Georgia as the second annual Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding March 15-17, 2017.
On March 17, Tóibín will take part in a public conversation in the Seney-Stovall Chapel with the Irish writer and editor Fintan O’Toole, followed by a special St. Patrick’s Day performance by the singer Iarla Ó Lionáird. O’Toole is a columnist, literary editor and drama critic for the Irish Times and one of Ireland’s leading public intellectuals. Ó Lionáird is one of Ireland’s most renowned singers. He is a member of The Gloaming and performed “Casadh an tSúgáin (Twisting the Rope)” in “Brooklyn.”
Tóibín’s visit will also include a screening of the 2015 film adaptation of his novel Brooklyn with audience Q&A at Ciné on March 15 and give a reading and talk in the University of Georgia Chapel on March 16 .
A prize-winning novelist, short-story writer, dramatist and critic, Tóibín’s works have been translated into more than thirty languages. He is the author of the acclaimed novels “The Master” and “Brooklyn,” a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and a contributing editor at the London Review of Books.
Tóibín has been shortlisted three times for the Man Booker Prize, for his novels “The Blackwater Lightship” (1999), “The Master” (2004), and “The Testament of Mary” (2012). “The Master” won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Stonewall Book Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and was named Novel of the Year by the Los Angeles Times. “Brooklyn” won the Costa Novel Award, and the film, adapted by screenwriter Nick Hornby, directed by John Crowley, and starring Saoirse Ronan, was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.