Colm Toíbín on Lady Gregory

colmtoibin_raptoresquireColm Tóibín reads a short essay on Lady Gregory, Major Robert Gregory and the unsuccessful poetic memorials Yeats wrote before producing ‘An Irish Airman Forsees his Death.’

Colm Tóibín on Desert Island Discs

colmtoibin_raptoresquireColm Tóibín being interviewed is always nice to listen to, and fortunately, he was on Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 at the start of the year, talking about how novel writing is sustained by little details rather than big ideas, how he doesn’t enjoy writing and how he’d nearly bring a scissors on the desert island. Annoyingly, he forgets to explain why and the show ends. If you see him, ask him for me please.

Colm Tóibín reads Eugene McCabe’s short story, ‘Music at Annahulian’

colmtoibin_raptoresquireColm Tóibín giving a great reading of a quiet, competent and occasionally powerful short story by Eugene McCabe on the Guardian short stories podcast, which, apart from the musical intros, was nice while it lasted.

Colm Tóibín in conversation regarding Elizabeth Bishop

colmtoibin_raptoresquireColm Tóibín in the London Review of Books bookshop, discussing the poetry and life of Elizabeth Bishop, with reference to his book on the poet with Ruth Padel. Great readings, good insights and inappropriate laughter in the background. It has everything.

Colm Tóibín discussing ‘Nora Webster’

colmtoibin_raptoresquireColm Tóibín’s always nice to listen to. Here he is talking Enniscorthy folklore, the making of Brooklyn and the sixteen-year gestation period of his most recent novel, Nora Webster.

Colm Tóibín on Easter 1916

A lecture delivered by Colm Tóibín which paints a picture of the historical background from which the vivid faces of the Easter Rising emerged; with particular focus on Padraig Pearse, his poetry, his religious beliefs and how his pedagogical theories relate to his nationalism.

Roy Foster, Colm Tóibín and Fintan O’Toole in conversation

I am an unabashed fan of learned old men having conversations about stuffy subjects, though microphone hogging makes me deeply uncomfortable. This one might be the gold-standard, with Roy Foster speaking on his book Vivid Faces indebtedness to the novel form, Colm Tóibín’s indebtedness to the craft of the historian, with Fintan O’Toole directing it all.