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The Poetry Brothel: O, Rocks!

  • The Church Bar & Restaurant Mary Street Dublin 1 Ireland (map)

This year’s Poetry Brothel celebration of James Joyce finds itself asking its contributors to take Molly’s words to heart: “O, rocks, tell us in plain words”. Joyce’s world and characters have indeed undergone ‘metempsychosis’ at an alarming rate as each new generation of readers absorbs, adopts and refashions Bloomsday in their own image. This year we celebrate the city itself, the characters and situations of Dublin common to us all. Like Wandering Rocks transmigrating through this city from dawn until dusk (from birth until death), it is Dublin herself that we celebrate and we invite you to celebrate with us!

The Poetry Brothel is an immersive literary cabaret nightclub experience, a place where jazz musicians, burlesque dancers, body painters, magicians, drag performers and tarot card readers mingle and perform — but poetry holds centre stage as the headline act.

The line-up will include many stars of Dublin’s vibrant and growing spoken word movement, who will perform onstage and will be available (for a fee) to take you into a dark corner to read you a poem, one-to-one.

VIP registration (€50) guarantees premium seating and exxxclusive access to all the evening's artists and performers, as well as a selection of take-home goodies and other special treats. Don’t miss your chance to experience it this Bloomsday. Doors at 9pm.

Doors at 9pm.

Tickets are now available on the door this evening.

Just announced: Special guests at this year’s Poetry Brothel include stained glass poet and performer Alison Grace Koehler (visiting from Poetry Brothel Paris), burlesque diva and hooper extraordinaire Shir Madness, and up-and-coming spoken word virtuoso, artist and designer Deirdre Rose, among many others!

Your hosts on the night will be that old New York bastard John M Farrell, vampiric monsieur noir Andrej Kapor (visiting from the Netherlands), and of course, in the role of Madam, the inimitable Rachel Lally. So come join us for an intimate night of jazz, magic, burlesque, tarot, and of course, poetry!