Colm Toibin

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Colm Tóibín: “I can’t do thrillers and I can’t do spy novels. I can’t do any genre-fiction books, really, none of them.”  Photograph: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images

That thing Voltaire didn’t actually say about defending loopy opinions to the death (I paraphrase) has gone out of fashion in recent years. Too often (...)

Colm Tóibín: ‘I can’t do thrillers and I can’t do spy novels. I can’t do any genre-fiction books, really, none of them.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Colm Tóibín, award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and professor of the humanities at Columbia University, New York, was born in En(...)

Gate’s new season: Colm Tóibín is photographed by Conor Horgan on the Dublin theatre’s stage. Photograph: Ailbhe O’Donnell

Samuel Beckett and A Christmas Carol – both with strong associations with the Gate Theatre over past decades – will return this year, but in new guise(...)

Colm Tóibín: the novelist before his treatment for testicular cancer. Photograph: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty

A good writer loves a good intro. Colm Tóibín begins his story: “It all started with my balls.” What follows is an account of being diagnosed with and(...)

The 10 books shortlisted for the  2019 International Dublin Literary Award

The winners of the 2015 Prix Goncourt, the 2017 Man Booker Prize and last year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction are among the 10 novels shortlisted for the(...)

Ross McQuade, left, Richard Henry, Conor Yorke and Padraig Fallon in O’Neill’s

Ten years ago I was a law student at UCD, and the city which had become my second home was about to be snatched away from under my feet. I wasn’t very(...)

The author Colm Tóibín is among a group of 30 writers, historians and Nobel laureates who  declared in a manifesto published in several newspapers  that Europe as an idea was “coming apart before our eyes”. File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Liberal values in Europe face a challenge “not seen since the 1930s”, leading intellectuals from 21 countries have said, as the UK lurches towards Bre(...)

The eternal struggle between Wile E Coyote and the Roadrunner

Maybe Jacob Rees-Mogg really did refer to the euro as the “acne of failure” at a Brexit rally last month, as reported by the online Daily Express and (...)

Colm Tóibín. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

There is a peculiar intensity about some streets in Dublin that gets more layered the longer you live in the city and the more stray memories and asso(...)

Bernard Loughlin was the first director of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan

The founding director of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre for creative artists has died suddenly following an accident on Friday at his home in the Catalan P(...)

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