When I attended the inaugural reception for the David Cohen Prize in London in 1993, I did not imagine for a moment that my own writing would ever be honoured in this way. Those who have won the Prize in the past are artists whose work I revere. I am proud to be among them.
Colm Tóibín is the author of ten novels, including ‘Brooklyn’ and ‘The Magician’, and two collections of stories. He is Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University and Chancellor of the University of Liverpool. He is a Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature.