The author and Laureate for Irish Fiction Colm Tóibín is to be awarded the Bodley Medal in 2023 as part of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival .

The Bodley Medal is the Bodleian Libraries' highest honour, awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the worlds of books and literature, libraries, media and communications, science, and philanthropy.

Speaking of his award, Tóibín said: "I feel honoured and thrilled to receive this medal. This is mainly because many of its recipients are writers I admire deeply, but also because of the Bodleian Libraries and their distinguished history. I write novels tentatively and, no matter how much I revise, am never sure if I get things right. Being recognized in this way helps to validate work done and encourage further efforts. And for that I am very grateful."

Colm Tóibín will give the 2023 Bodley Lecture in conversation with Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian and Head of Gardens, Libraries and Museums at Oxford University.