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Wednesday, 15th July, 2020
Colm Tóibín is the author of several novels, including The Blackwater Lightship,The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award, The Testament of Mary and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections and Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know, a look at three 19th century Irish authors. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. He has been shortlisted thrice for the Man Booker Prize.
Paul Muldoon and Colm Toibin in conversation with Jeet Thayil
"Brave New World marks Bloomsday, 16 June, with a special session celebrating James Joyce’s great modernist masterpiece, Ulysses. Two of the greatest living Irish writers discuss the influence of Joyce and Irish literature with Booker shortlisted poet and novelist, Jeet Thayil. The great Irish poet, Paul Muldoon, has previously adapted The Dead as an immersive play with his wife, Jean Hanff Korelitz. Colm Tóibín, arguably Ireland’s greatest living novelist, recently wrote Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know about the fathers of Yeats, Joyce and Wilde, and their influence on Ireland’s most famous writers. Together, the three writers look at the influence of Joyce and why Ulysses still matters today. "