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Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

The Joyce of Whiskey in Association with Irish Food Trail

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Whiskey flows through Joyce’s works, from the stories of ‘The Sisters’ and ‘Counterparts’ to the life-giving elixir at the heart of Finnegans Wake. In fact so central was it to his last work that, when proposing the ill-conceived notion of having fellow novelist James Stephens finish Finnegans Wake as his his health declined, Joyce quipped that it would apt to have “J J and S” under the title – a reference to one of Dublin’s most famous whiskey distillers John Jameson & Sons! Whiskey also had an important historical and biographical significance for Joyce, whose father was secretary of the Dublin and Chapelizod Distillery Co and whose maternal grandfather John Murray once acted as sales representative for Powers.

Join us on this special jaunt around the capital’s bars to celebrate the many allusions to distilleries and whiskey in Joyce’s works whilst discovering Dublin’s rich whiskey culture. This two hour tour will be led by a local expert and features stops at three Irish pubs where you can sample two unique Irish whiskeys (yes, that’s six whiskies in total - so make sure you’ve had you’re dinner!). At each venue there will also be readings from Joyce’s work to accompany your tipple!

 
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Jun
15
6:30 PM18:30

'What is Your Nation If I May Ask?': A Conversation with Ruth Gilligan, Michael O'Loughlin and Dermot Bolger

 

Joyce’s Ulysses was first published in Paris in 1922, the same year in which the violent upheaval of the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence culminated in the birth of the Irish Free State. Fittingly, Irish identity and nationalism are key themes that run throughout the novel. Stephen Dedalus thinks constantly about the Irish literary scene and its preoccupation with national identity and consciousness, while Leopold Bloom, the son of an Irish Catholic mother and a Hungarian Jewish father, is treated with suspicion by many of the Dubliners he encounters on account of his religious and ethnic background. Bloom’s persecution is most evident in the Cyclops episode of the novel, in which the xenophobic nationalist the Citizen asks the barbed question that provides the title of this event; to him, Bloom is not truly Irish.

This special event in the General Post Office, the main battleground of the 1916 Rising and in many ways the birthplace of the Irish State, will see three contemporary Irish writers get together to discuss Joyce’s examination of Irishness in the novel, using it as a way into a discussion about current concerns like sovereignty, borders, migration, xenophobia and the question of identity. Each of these authors will bring their own distinct focus to this discussion in what is sure to be a fascinating insight into the continuing contemporary relevance of Joyce’s work. Ticket-holders also get free admission to the award-winning GPO Witness History exhibition before the event (from 5:30pm), where you can learn more about the social and political upheaval of early twentieth century Ireland that continues to shape our view of national identity today.

 
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Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

The Bloomsday Hooley

 

If Joyce hadn’t committed to his vocation as a writer, he might have pursued his passion for music. The author possessed a fine tenor voice, wrote music and famously won a medal at the 1904 Feis Ceoil. Though he wouldn’t become a professional singer, musical references abound in all of his major works, especially Ulysses, in which operatic arias, popular music hall songs, traditional Irish ballads and a whole host of other genres and styles of music are littered throughout the text.

We figured the best way to celebrate Joyce and his love of music was to get together for a good old-fashioned hooley with Sceolán, a group of exceptional traditional musicians whose repetoire draws on a variety of musical legacies, from the Irish Sean Nós (old style) tradition to more recent styles like Scottish folkThe band will perform a set mixing traditional favourites with songs referred to in Joyce’s work, providing a little commentary and a lot of entertainment as you while away the hours in a beautiful Dublin pub.

There will be some exclusive food and drink offers available for ticket-holders, including craft beer tasting trays showcasing 5 of J.W. Sweetman’s own in-house brews for only €8. This is also a great chance to meet fellow Bloomsday revellers in advance of the big day!

Doors from 7pm. Music will begin at 8pm.

 
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Jun
14
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening with Elizabeth Willis

 

Presented by New Dublin Press and the James Joyce Centre

in asssociation with Poetry Ireland

Join us for an evening of reading and conversation in Poetry Ireland as we draw contemporary poetic links to Joyce’s experimental work and legacy.

Elizabeth Willis is one of the most celebrated poets in the United States, and she is Professor of Poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work echoes Joyce’s in its complex, multi-layered language, daring voice, and profound sense of place (and placelessness).

Willis’s most recent book Alive: New and Selected Poems (New York Review Books, 2015) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her other books of poetry include Address (Wesleyan, 2011), recipient of the PEN New England / L. L. Winship Prize for Poetry; Meteoric Flowers (Wesleyan, 2006); Turneresque (Burning Deck, 2003); The Human Abstract (Penguin, 1995), a National Poetry Series selection; and Second Law (Avenue B, 1993). Her poems have appeared in recent issues of Hambone, Harper’s, the New Yorker, Poetry, and A Public Space.

Willis will be introduced by Jonathan C. Creasy, author, editor, and publisher at New Dublin Press.

Elizabeth Willis will also deliver a poetry masterclass on Thursday 15 June at 3pm at Poetry Ireland. Applications are now open for a limited number of places. For more details, please email info@poetryireland.ie or call 01 678 9815. 

Generously Supported by the US Embassy's Creative Minds Initiative

 
 
 
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Jun
14
10:00 AM10:00

Joyce by Bus

 

Joyce lived most his life outside Dublin, but there is hardly a village or street in the city that doesn’t have some link to the author and his sprawling works. His unsettled family life meant that he moved address frequently in his adolescent years and his portrait of the city in works like Ulysses was so comprehensive that he once claimed that 'if the city one day suddenly disappeared from the earth it could be reconstructed out of (his) book’. Join us for this half-day bus trip from Dublin’s epicentre to the stunning coastline, trace the steps of Joyce and his characters and learn all about the author’s links to the different areas of the city in the company of our local guide.

You'll take in Portobello and the city's former Jewish quarter, stop by Joyce's birthplace in Rathgar, take your lunch in the beautiful village of Sandycove and head to the James Joyce Tower & Museum before returning to the city via Sandymount Strand.

 
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Jun
14
to Jun 16

'Joycestick': Virtual Reality Ulysses at the James Joyce Centre (June 14 - 16)

 

There’s art imitating life, and then there’s art taking on a virtual life of its own. You might say that’s what is happening with a Boston College academic project involving the unlikely pairing of an immersive virtual reality 3D game and Joyce's novel, Ulysses.

Called ‘Joycestick’, the project is bringing the book to life through ‘gamification’ - users wear a virtual reality eyepiece and headphones and, with gaming devices, navigate and explore various scenes from the book, racking up points and rewards along the way. Joycestick tells the story by recreating scenes from the Ulysses, some of which had to be re-created by filming and photographing sites in Ireland. All the objects had to be researched, scaled and linked to the text; touching an object triggers a recorded narration from the book, along with other sounds, to explain its significance to the novel.

For this year’s Bloomsday Festival, ‘Joycestick’ will be setting up shop in the James Joyce Centre from 14 - 16 June, where visitors can step into Joyce’s novel and experience the world through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Ulysses truly come to life before your eyes!

'Joycestick' demonstration is included in the price of admission to the James Joyce Centre (€5 Adult, €4 Student/Senior).

 
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Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

The Bloomsday Interview: Geoff Dyer in Conversation with Mark O'Connell

 

In association with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature

 
 

Join us for the annual Bloomsday Interview featuring one of literature’s most mischievous genre-demolishers, Geoff Dyer. Sitting down with Mark O’Connell in Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College, the conversation will range from the prevailing influence of Joyce and Ulysses to Dyer’s inventive corrosion of the barriers between fiction and non-fiction, the importance of travel as a means to step outside of oneself, and what has compelled him to range across subjects from literary criticism to jazz and photography.

Geoff Dyer is a man the Chicago Tribune describes as “one of the funniest writers alive.” He’s the author of four novels and nine works of nonfiction. He is currently writer in residence at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. His books have been translated into twenty-four languages.

Mark O’Connell is Slate’s book columnist and a regular contributor to publications such as the New Yorker and the Observer. His book To Be a Machine was recently published by Penguin Random House.

 
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Jun
12
6:30 PM18:30

The Poppie Joyce Tapes

 

In 1909 James Joyce’s sister, Margaret Alice ‘Poppie’ Joyce, migrated to New Zealand as a young nun, never to return to her homeland. Only two years younger than her brother, she experienced the hardships of a chaotic and tragic family life – the very stuff that Joyce mined for his great fictional projects. She spoke about her life, her brother and his works shortly before her death in 1964 in interviews with the Australian Franciscan priest, Godfrey Ainsworth. Now these recently re-discovered tapes are being preserved and made available to the public by the James Joyce Centre in 2017 in partnership with the School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

Join us for this very special talk by the Centre’s Director, Mark Traynor, which will feature excerpts from these unique recordings. Discover the evocative memories of this extraordinary woman who left her family to find a new life at the other end of the world. This event will mark the first public broadcasting of the tapes and advance booking is strongly recommended.

With special thanks to Diane Sadler (School of English, Trinity College Dublin) and Lucy Byrne.

 
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Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Joycean Pub Crawl (12 June)

 

Dublin is renowned for its pub culture and, fittingly, Joyce captured a little bit of that culture in the pages of Ulysses. Some of the most important scenes in the novel take place in public houses, whether it’s the famous lunch enjoyed by Bloom in Davy Byrne’s, the musical interlude in the bar of the old Ormond Hotel in the ‘Sirens’ episode or the run-in with the nationalistic Citizen in Barney Kiernan’s of Little Britain Street. So what better way to discuss Joyce than over a few pints of plain?

Join our guide on a tour to some of Dublin's best-loved pubs and learn all about the life and times of the author in the establishments that inspired his work. You'll take in bars like the Gresham Hotel, Mulligan's and of course Davy Byrne's, where Leopold Bloom takes his lunch with a tipple. You’ll have fun, make friends, learn something and most likely forget it again before morning!

 
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Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

Joycean Pub Crawl (11 June)

 

Dublin is renowned for its pub culture and, fittingly, Joyce captured a little bit of that culture in the pages of Ulysses. Some of the most important scenes in the novel take place in public houses, whether it’s the famous lunch enjoyed by Bloom in Davy Byrne’s, the musical interlude in the bar of the old Ormond Hotel in the ‘Sirens’ episode or the run-in with the nationalistic Citizen in Barney Kiernan’s of Little Britain Street. So what better way to discuss Joyce than over a few pints of plain?

Join our guide on a tour to some of Dublin's best-loved pubs and learn all about the life and times of the author in the establishments that inspired his work. You'll take in bars like the Gresham Hotel, Mulligan's and of course Davy Byrne's, where Leopold Bloom takes his lunch with a tipple. You’ll have fun, make friends, learn something and most likely forget it again before morning!

 
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Jun
11
3:00 PM15:00

Ulysses: A Visual Schema by James MacDonnell - Talk & Exhibition Launch

 

Shortly before the publication of Ulysses in 1922, Joyce created two schema for the novel to provide a guide to its structure for his friends Stuart Gilbert and Carlo Linati. These guides, though each unique, break the eighteen episodes down by way of their Homeric parallels, timeframe, narrative technique and other distinct features such as dominant colour and bodily organs.

Inspired by the Linati and Gibert Schemata, designer James MacDonnell has created a new ‘visual schema’ for the book. Developing a unique graphical system to represent each episode, MacDonnell’s prints combine to represent a visual representation of the text and present a minimalist interpretation for Joyce’s Ulysses that dispenses with the need for explanatory text or illustrations.

The artist will be joined by acclaimed Irish Joyce scholar Terence Killeen to discuss the value of the Gilbert and Linati Schemata, and how Joyce’s methodical approach to the structure lends itself to a purely visual language.

 
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Jun
11
2:00 PM14:00

The Joyce of Food in Association with Irish Food Trail

 

Food is everywhere in Joyce’s Ulysses, whether it’s Bloom’s pork kidney breakfast, his lunch of gorgonzola and burgundy in Davy Byrne’s pub or the potato he carries in his pocket as a talisman of his Irish mother. Through its focus on the body and its natural processes, the novel constantly reminds us of the significance of food in our lives; at one point, Bloom even makes the lofty claim that ‘peace and war depend on some fellow’s digestion’! Food has also become central to Bloomsday celebrations over the years, so we’re delighted to be collaborating with Irish Food Trail this year to bring you the Joyce of Food, a three hour food and drink tour inspired by Joyce’s Ulysses.

You’ll be brought around to 3 traditional Irish eateries by a local professional guide, who’ll fill in the gaps between stops with a walking tour through the streets of the city providing history, fun facts and recommendations. Each restaurant will provide a different course inspired by Joyce’s work accompanied by a reading of the excerpt from Ulysses to which it relates. Expect gorgonzola, kidneys and even a modern take on the infamous Plumtree's Potted Meat enjoyed by Blazes Boylan in Leopold Bloom's marital bed!

You’ll enjoy starters, mains and desserts all paired with a glass of Irish beer, cider, or wine - you won’t go home hungry!

 
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Jun
6
to Jun 17

Dubliners Women (6 - 17 June)

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After a successful run in December 2016, Sarah Baxter’s Dubliners Women returns to the stage for this year’s Bloomsday Festival. An immersive dive into the hidden worlds of ‘Eveline’, ‘Clay’ and ‘The Boarding House’, three short stories from Joyce’s world-renowned collection Dubliners, this show shines a light on the female narratives in the stories and their resonances with the Ireland of today.

Adapted by Katie O'Kelly

Directed by Sarah Baxter

Cast

Madi O'Carroll, Katie O'Kelly and Gordon Quigley

Costume Design - Barbara McCarthy

Lighting Design - Cathy O'Carroll

Stage Manager - Céin Sookram

Producer - Clara Purcell

Graphic Design - Conor Gallagher

"[This] production of three of Joyce's Dubliners is a credit to the great man..."

"...A delicate, balanced and wistful evening of theatre"

"...[Joyce] would have felt his immortal stories well served by this production, lit as well as it is directed and played"

- THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT

 
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