Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín chooses Elizabeth Bishop's Poem

Fact titleFact data
Novelist
Books include The Blackwater Lightship, The Master, The Testament of Mary, and Brooklyn, which won the 2009 Costa Novel Award.

Poem by Elizabeth Bishop

Colm Tóibín chooses a poem by Elizabeth Bishop (1911 - 1979) called Poem. Bishop was the American Poet Laureate 1949-1950 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1956.

The first line of Poem is "About the size of an old-style dollar bill..."

Listen

From the Archive

Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop reads her poem Crusoe in England. Plus the poet Paul Farley.

Listen

Image courtesy of Vassar College Archives & Special Collections Library, New York

From A Foreigner Everywhere 29 Apr 2012

The House

Lavinia Greenlaw travels to Great Village in Nova Scotia to visit Bishop's house.  

Listen

From Sunday Feature 18 Nov 2007

Family

Bishop's cousin recalls an eventful family visit from the poet.

Listen

Image courtesy of Vassar College Archives & Special Collections Library, New York

From Sunday Feature 18 Nov 2007

William Boyd

William Boyd talks about his fascination with the work of Elizabeth Bishop.

Listen

From The Verb 11 Feb 2011

Colm Tóibín 

Colm Tóibín talks to Kirsty Lang about the inspiration for his stories.

Listen

From Front Row 24 Sep 2010