An evening with Colm Toibin in Galway (25th June 2015)

Posted: June 7, 2015 in talks

Come spend an evening with one of Ireland’s favorite author Colm Tóibín. He has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize eight times and has been awarded Costa Prize for his 2006 novel Brooklyn.The film version of this book  was scripted by fellow novelist Nick Hornby and was shown at the renowned Sundance Film Fest in January of this year and at that time in January it wa sold for international distribution to Fox Searchlight. The Hollywood Reporter reported back in January.thatBidding took place overnight, reaching mid-seven figures by morning. By mid-afternoon, the high bid was over $8 million. By the end, the deal had settled in the $9 million range and included U.S. rights plus some international territories as well. (Canada, Australia, the U.K. and some others were already presold.) Lionsgate, The Weinstein Co., Focus and CBS Films were also in the mix.It is reported to be   one of the richest Sundance deals ever when all is said and done. Searchlight has been involved in some record-breaking Sundance deals before, including a deal in the $10 million range for Little Miss Sunshine back in 2006.He adapted his novel The Testament of Mary into a one women play n 2011  Dublin Theatre Festival commissioned the piece, its first commission in about 11 yrs, with the support of Irish Theatre Trust.Mary was acted by Marie Mullen and the production was directed overall by Garry Hynes,with two of Hynes frequent collaborators involved in the production,Francis O’Connor worked on the design aspect and  Gregory Clarke worked on its soundscape. An evening with Colm Toibin is in conjunction with his novel Nora Webster

ColmTóibín was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of eight novels including The Blackwater Lightship, The Master and The Testament of Mary all of which were shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and Brooklyn which was awarded the Costa Prize. The Master was awarded the Dublin International IMPAC Literary Award in 2006. He has written two books of short stories, Mothers & Sons and The Empty Family. He has also written two plays, Beauty in a Broken Place and Testament. His most recent novel is Nora Webster. Late“Nora Webster 1960s 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, at times kind, 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. “Nora Webster is a masterpiece in character study by a writer at the zenith of his career, beautiful and daring.” -The New York Times Book Review “Momentous, made with consummate art… It does everything we ought to ask of a great novel: that it respond to the fullness of our lives, be as large as life itself.” -Tessa Hadley, The Guardian


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