Supported by Dublin City Council and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature
Every Dubliner has their own story about James Joyce, and no one more so than our best-known Joycean, Senator David Norris. Senator Norris has been at the heart of Joyce’s Dublin for nearly sixty years. For our Bloomsday Interview, Senator Norris will sit down with Irish journalist, RTE presenter and former newsreader Anne Doyle to discuss all things Joyce. The interview will take place in Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College.
David Norris was Senior Lecturer in the Department of English in Trinity College Dublin for almost 30 years. Students from across faculties crammed into his stimulating lectures. He wrote Introducing Joyce: A Graphic Guide, edited the International James Joyce Symposium and helped organise the Joyce Centenary Celebrations in Dublin in 1982. He was instrumental in establishing the Bloomsday Festival which is now celebrated all over the world on the 16th of June each year.
David Norris is one of Ireland’s leading Joyce scholars, was Founding Chairman of the James Joyce Centre and the North Great Georges Street Preservation Society. He is also known for his work on national and international human and civil rights and equality issues as well as the conservation of Dublin’s architectural heritage. David Norris was a candidate in the Irish Presidential election 2011. His autobiography A Kick Against the Pricks has been nominated for several prizes. As the longest serving member of Seanad Eireann, Senator David Norris became “Father of the House” in 2011.
Join us on Bloomsday Eve for what promises to be a magical evening. As part of the event, Senator Norris will present The David Norris Award for significant contribution to Joycean Dublin and Bloomsday to this year’s winner.