Dr Tom Walsh Lecture

with Colm Tóibín

Music & Silence: James Joyce's Songs

In his story The Dead and his novel Ulysses, James Joyce connects his characters to a world of singing and music.

This serves to heighten emotion, throw light on character but also creates a redeeming emotional territory, powerful enough to have important political implications in a changing Irish nationalism.

Colm Tóibín is the author of nine novels, including Brooklyn and The Master, and two collections of stories.

His play The Testament of Mary was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 2013.
He is a contributing editor at the London Review of Books, Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University and Chancellor of Liverpool University.
His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.
His most recent book is House of Names, a novel.

We are grateful for the ongoing sponsorship of this Lecture by Victoria Walsh Hamer who is the daughter of the Festival’s Founder, Dr Tom Walsh.