ICC Literary Festival Highlights – Colm Tóibín in conversation with Carlo Gébler

15th December 2021, 12am

On Wednesday 15th December you will be able to access an interview between Colm Tóibín and Carlo Gébler where Colm discusses his recent novel The Magician.


COLM TÓIBÍN, the award winning and critically acclaimed author has been a central figure in Irish writing since the 1990s. He has written 10 novels, including Blackwater Lightship(1999), The Master (2004) and The Testament of Mary (2012), all three of which were nominated for The Booker Prize. He has published two collections of short stories, Mothers and Sons (2006) and The Empty Family (2010). Colm is also well known for his many diverse nonfiction works, from the earliest Bad Blood: A Walk Along The Irish Border (1987) to Colm Tóibín on Elizabeth Bishop (2015). He has edited a number of collections and, in his role as a journalist, he is a regular contributor to The London Review of Books and The New York Review of Books. Colm’s work has received numerous awards, including The E. M. Foster Award (1995), The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (2004), The Costa Novel Award (2009) for Brooklyn, The Irish PEN Award for contribution to Irish literature (2011), The Hawthornden Prize (2015) for Nora Webster, The Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement (2017), and The Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award (2019). Throughout his distinguished writing career Colm has received honorary doctorates from: the University of Ulster; University College, Dublin; University of East Anglia; and the Open University.



CARLO GÉBLER: in addition to an early career as a television producer and director, Carlo is the author of nearly 30 works including novels, short stories, children’s fiction, travel writing, historical pieces, plays, screenplays and a memoir. His film, Put to the Test, won a Royal Television Society Award for best regional documentary in 1999. He has won prizes for his children’s fiction, The Bisto Prize Ireland in 2001 and 2003 for Caught on a Train and August ’44 respectively, while his novel The Dead Eight (2011) was shortlisted for The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. His more recent work includes The Wing Orderly’s Tales (2016), The Innocent of Falkland Road (2017) a retelling of Aesop’s Fables (2019), Tales We Tell Ourselves: A Selection From ‘The Decameron’ (2020) and I, Antigone, (2021). Carlo has also been a creative writing tutor at The Maze Prison, a writer-inresidence at H. M. Prison Magherberry and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Queen’s University, Belfast. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing at The Oscar Wilde Centre of Irish Writing, Trinity College, Dublin. He has contributed extensively to a wide variety of publications including Critical Quarterly, The Dublin Review, Fiction Magazine, The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Irish Independent.