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Eavan Boland in Conversation with Colm Tóibín

IRELAND 100: Literature Panel: Colm Tóibín and Eavan Boland in Conversation

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 7:30 PM

IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture

Two of Ireland's finest writers--Colm Tóibín (Brooklyn) and Eavan Boland (A Woman Without a Country)--read from and discuss their most recent work. Free tickets required.

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IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture
Colm Tóibín and Eavan Boland in Conversation

NOTE: Free general admission tickets will be distributed approximately 30 minutes prior to the event in the Family Theater lobby area, two (2) tickets per person in line. There is no free parking when attending free events.

Join two of Ireland's finest writers as they read from and discuss their most recent work. Colm Tóibín is the author of many acclaimed novels, the latest being Nora Webster. The 2015 film adaptation of his award-winning novel Brooklyn was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Film. Eavan Boland is a Professor of Humanities and Director of the Creative Writing Programme at Stanford University. Her numerous collections include The War Horse, Night Feed, Domestic Violence, and A Woman Without A Country.

Event Timing: Approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

The Literature series is presented in collaboration with Poetry Ireland with the support of Malin Corporation plc.


Colm Tóibín 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 The Testament of Mary (The Broadway production of which was nominated for a Tony Award. His most recent novel, Nora Webster, was a recent recipient of the Hawthornden Literature Prize. His 2009 novel, Brooklyn, was adapted for film and released to great acclaim, garnering three Academy Award nominations, including Best Film. 

Eavan Boland was born in Dublin in 1944. The daughter of a diplomat and an expressionist painter, her family relocated to London when she was six. She later returned to Dublin for school, and she received her B.A. from Trinity College in 1966. She is the author of more than ten books of poetry, including her recent release, A Woman Without a Country (2014). In addition to her books of poetry, Boland is also the author of A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet, a collection of essays, which won the 2012 PEN Award; Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time, a volume of prose, After Every War, an anthology of German women poets, and she co-edited with Mark Strand The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms. Boland has received many prestigious awards including a Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry, an American Ireland Fund Literary Award, a Jacob's Award for her involvement in The Arts Programme broadcast on RTÉ Radio, and an honorary degree from Trinity. She is also a regular reviewer for the Irish Times, and she is currently a professor of English at Stanford University where she directs the creative writing program.

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