Date: Saturday, January 14 2017.
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Hall de Galle, Galle Fort.
This session will begin with a reading from the award-winning Swiss poet Michael Fehr, whose work is influenced by Blues Music.
Next, Colm Tóibín will talk about three of his best known novels and their three remarkable protagonists.
Nora Webster is about the struggles of a woman widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money.
The Testament of Mary (shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and a Broadway and West End success) presents Mary, the mother of Jesus, as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament.
In Brooklyn, made into a film that was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Eilis Lacey travels from small-town Ireland to Brooklyn in the post-World War II years. There, when she least expects it, she finds love. But, just as Eilis begins to fall in love, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.
Tóibín, considered one of the great writers of our time, is an engaging speaker, generous with his knowledge. This promises to be an unforgettable session.
“Reading Tóibín is like watching an artist paint one small stroke after another, until suddenly the finished picture emerges to shattering effect.” — The Times Literary Supplement (UK)
Michael Fehr’s visit is sponsored by the Embassy of Switzerland. Colm Tóibín’s travel is partly sponsored by Sri Lankan Airlines.