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Colum McCann

New York, USA

Winner of The National Book Award

Highly acclaimed novelist and short-story writer

Professor of Creative Writing at Hunter College

Colum McCann is an award-winning novelist and short-story writer. As a recipient of a National Book Award, the International Dublin Impac Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, several European awards, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, and an Oscar nomination, Colum’s work is highly respected.

Colum has written “Let the Great World Spin”, which became a best-seller on four continents and is currently being made into a film by Hollywood director J.J Abrams. In 2010, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

After being raised in Ireland, Colum now lives in New York where he teaches the Creative Writing programme at Hunter College. Given his background it is unsurprising that Colum’s work often involves themes of nationality. Colum’s writing is both poetic and keenly observant. Critics have hailed Colum’s writing for his bravery in setting the plot within well known historical events where Colum brings new life, and new understanding to the situation.

Colum frequently appears at book readings and events to discuss his work as well as his interest in fiction and literature in general. His most recent book is titled “TransAtlantic: A Novel” (Random House, 2013), a marvellous high-wire act of fiction that The New York Times Book Review called “an emotional tour de force.” It was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and stayed for many weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.

Our Comment

"Colum's work is rich and poetic. His observations on both Irish and American identity and history are threaded through his writing. As a multi-award winning writer Colum is well-placed to discuss both his own work and literature in general."

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