2024 Festival:
October 21–27
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The Magician and the Mayflies: One-to-One with Andrew O’Hagan and Colm Tóibín

Imagine the comfort of conversation between two old friends and the fierce ideas of two award-winning, legendary writers sharing ideas. You can expect both from this conversation between long-time confidantes, Colm Tóibín and Andrew O’Hagan, as they discuss their latest works and individual writing processes. Tóibín’s latest book is his most dazzling and ambitious yet, telling the story of German writer Thomas Mann. The Magician is a profound meditation on creative ambition, civic responsibility, queer desire, and the pull of history. Booker-shortlisted author and London Review of Books editor-at-large, O’Hagan, shares a finely tuned drama in Mayflies: a story of friendship, making life one’s own, and the impermanence of human condition. Overhear a conversation between two greats.

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Participants and Speakers

Andrew O’Hagan

ANDREW O’HAGAN has been nominated for the Booker Prize three times, won the E.M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was voted one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2003. He is Editor-at-Large of the London Review of Books and a contributor to Esquire, the New York Review of Books, and The New Yorker. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a UK Ambassador for Unicef.

Colm Tóibín

COLM TÓIBÍN is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning author. His novels include The Master, winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Le prix du meilleur livre étranger, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction; and Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award. His works also include The Empty Family, The Testament of Mary, and Nora Webster. He lives in Dublin. (IRELAND)