The Ulysses Haiku Project sees poets and people expressing their experience of James Joyce’s Ulysses and Bloomsday through Haiku. In the words of the curator, Nickie Hayden:
“Ulysses was written in such a way that the classically educated person could relish every coded morsel. However, Joyce gave equal weight to the Dublin vernacular. The book delivers a multitude of voices to be interpreted on many levels. I created the Ulysses Haiku Project to collect poems from people from every walk of life. I chose Haiku because every line in Ulysses has the same kind of richness that is carried in each line of a Haiku.”
Print maker Robert Russell was struck by Joyce’s portrayal of Dublin City in Ulysses, with all the diversity and colour of everyday living. He sees parallels in today’s Dublin and the issues that Dubliners face. Working with Stephen Fry, Paula Meehan, Rachael Hegarty, Theo Dorgan and Patricia Ross, Russell has combined his personal response with theirs by imprinting their Haiku on five etched images on copper plates.
When visiting the exhibition, you are invited to write your own Ulysses, Joyce or Bloomsday inspired Haiku to become part of the exhibition. You can also email your Haiku to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Haiku” in the subject heading or tweet @JamesJoyceCentr. Haiku is a short Japanese poetic form usually consisting of three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables each, but you don’t have to be that strict.
Nickie Hayden has been a practising artist for 30 years and works in oil painting, sculpture and installation. In recent exhibitions she has worked with groups like the SAOL Project, Fighting Words and The Dyslexia Association of Ireland. Robert Russell attended IADT Dun Laoghaire, specialising in Sculpture, but also working with paint and print. Robert is Studio Director and Master Printer at Graphic Studio Dublin.
Join us at the exhibition opening with poet Rachael Hegarty on 10th June. The exhibition can be visited throughout the Bloomsday Festival and will continue until December 2019.