June 16th is an exciting day for Ulysses  readers–and it is a particularly amazing day for this year’s set of Ulysses voyagers who have spent the last six months wending their way past the Cyclops and between Scylla & Charybdis– past rabid, biscuit-tin throwing nationalists and Sirens of all shapes and forms…attending Bloomsday events, either in London or Dublin, provides a much-deserved celebration of this achievement.

If you are going to Dublin– let us know! There is a Salon dinner organised at The Farm & I would love some company for an early morning plunge off the Forty-Foot…


London events:

  • from Blacktooth productions:“June 16 is a big day for James Joyce fans. It is the day on which his masterpiece, Ulysses, is set.We’ll be celebrating in style, with readings from the novel which mix raucous humour, sexual frankness, Wildean wit and a wonderful  evocation  of Dublin life. The cast includes Nora Connolly and Oengus Macnamara, with live music from Sally Davies and Martina Schwarz.‘A Journey Round Ulysses’, part of this year’s Crouch End Festival, takes place at Hornsey Town Hall on Friday June 16, starting at 7.30pm.Entry £10. Tickets and further information via:https://www.crouchendfestival.org/events/rejoyce-a-journey-round-ulysses/ 
  • The Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) has two screenings under the title \’Joyce at the BBC\’ taking place at Birkbeck Cinema on 16 June at 6:30 pmMonitor: Silence, Exile and Cunning, consists of Anthony Burgess’s (apparently) whiskey-fuelled reflections on Joyce’s self-imposed exile from Ireland. Burgess\’s film essay is illustrated by black and white 16mm shots of Dublin, including dead seagulls in the Liffey and some of the authentic Ulysseslocations, including the Martello tower Stephen Dedalus lodges in and the dilapidated 7 Eccles Street, home of Leopold and Molly Bloom, shortly before its demolition.
    This is contrasted with a 1982 biographical sketch of the young Joyce, Joycein June, which includes an inventive, and very funny, imagining of the happenings of the Ulysses characters on 17 June 1904, the day after the novel’s action. Filmed on video in studios, the image has an immediacy that speaks very much of early 1980s TV. It features a young Stephen Rea as both Joyce’s brother Stanislaus and Ulysses’s mysterious man in the mackintosh. The programme is directed by Donald McWhinnie, one of Beckett’s favoured directors for screen, radio and stage.https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/james-joyce-on-tv-tickets-33849094553


Jonny Bull for Blacktooth Productions

Dublin Events

  • The Fabulous Balloonatics, led by the incredible Paul O’Hanrahan, will offer their lively enactment of various episodes across the city: “We will start at Eccles Street corner at 8 am for the first Bloom walk, followed by ‘Crosstown Joyce’ at 9-ish and ‘Lotus-Eaters’ at 10 am from under the railway bridge at Pearse Station. At 12.15 pm we start our ‘Lunchtime Walk’ from the Joyce statue on North Earl Street. In the evening at 7.30 pm we will be in Wynn’s Hotel on Lower Abbey Street for ‘Humid Nightblue Fruit’ (€10). We pass the hat around for the walks. Great that you are bringing over a group to join in the literary shenanigans.”
  • ALL kinds of events hosted by the James Joyce Centre: http://www.bloomsdayfestival.ie/2017-programme-1-1
  • From Edwin Green:

    If you’re a Joyce fan, you’ll be starting to plan your Dedalus adventures for Bloomsday, which falls on Friday, June 16th. As part of the Bloomsday Festival, the story of Joyce as an emigrant will be the focus at EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin’s Docklands. From his early 20s, he travelled to Zurich, Pola, Trieste, Rome and Paris. EPIC, which tells the story of 10 million people who left Ireland to make new lives abroad through an exhibition space located in the vaults of CHQ, will be hosting two Joycean-tinted guided tours as a Bloomsday special. Tickets are €14; tours are at 11am and 3pm on June 16thepicchq.com; bloomsdayfestival.ieAoife McElwain