Colm Tóibín Named New Irish Fiction Laureate

Irish author Colm Tóibín is named the new Irish Fiction Laureate by the Arts Council of Ireland. His memorable works include ‘Brooklyn’ and ‘The Master.’

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When we think of Irish writers, many think of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. These are only a couple of the well-known writers that hail from a country that is dubbed part of UNESCO’s City of Literature program. In 2015, the Arts Council of Ireland created the prestigious Irish Fiction Laureate position to highlight authors who made significant contributions to Irish literature. This year, the role was awarded to notable author, Colm Tóibín.

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Tóibín is known for works such as Brooklyn and The Master. His most recent work, The Magician, came out last fall. His writings highlight the themes of identity, legacy, and loss, as well as what it is like to live in Irish and Catholic societies. In his role as Irish Fiction Laureate, he will help guide new authors as they write what the Council refers to as “high-quality Irish fiction.”

Preceding Tóibín were authors, Sebastian Barry and Anne Enright. Each writer held their respective position for three years on the Council, and Tóibín will do the same. Needless to say, Tóibín has made his mark on not only Irish literature, but literature around the world. We can only anticipate what he will write next.