Colm Tóibín in Conversation
Acclaimed Irish writer Colm Tóibín is the author of nine novels, including Brooklyn and Nora Webster and has been three times shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His literary subjects have included the imagined inner life of Henry James (The Master), and the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus (The Testament of Mary).
Several of his novels and short stories are set in his home town of Enniscorthy. In a new book, House of Names, he reimagines the tragedy of Clymnestra and Agamemnon. In this brutal story of a family at war, Clytemnestra waits for her husband to return victorious from battle. Before he left nine years earlier he had sacrificed their beautiful young daughter to the gods, and now she is plotting her revenge, and his death. Their two children, Orestes and Electra, cannot escape the bloody violence that swirls around the court, and no one is safe.
He brings a modern sensibility and language to this powerful tale of loss and reprisal. He will be in conversation with Charlotte Higgins, the Guardian’s chief culture writer, and author of It’s All Greek to Me: how Ancient Greece has shaped our world.
Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.