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Jun
12
11:00 AM11:00

Ulysses in Sandymount Walking Tour - SOLD OUT

 
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‘Am I walking into eternity along Sandymount Strand?’

This extended tour offers Joyceans an opportunity to get outside the city and explore the area around Sandymount that Joyce returns to in three episodes of Ulysses. Travelling by train from the city centre, this tour takes in Newbridge Avenue, the home of Paddy Dignam in the ‘Hades’ episode; the Star of the Sea Church & Leahy’s Terrace, featured in the ‘Nausicaa’ episode; and Sandymount Strand, the setting for both ‘Proteus’ and ‘Nausicaa’. It also takes in the Shelbourne Road (where Joyce rented rooms in 1904), Dromard Terrace (where Joyce spent the night of 16 June 1904), and the birthplace of WB Yeats.

Please Note: This is an extended tour, lasting approximately three hours. Duration may vary as the tour is dependent on public transport. 

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Jun
12
2:00 PM14:00

Footsteps of Leopold Bloom Walking Tour - SOLD OUT

 
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The ‘Lestrygonians’ episode of Ulysses sees Leopold Bloom make his way through the city centre on his way from Middle Abbey Street to the National Library. As he begins to feel the rumblings of hunger, his thoughts become centred on the social, political cultural and religious significance of food; as he goes on to think, food underlies all relations to the extent that ‘peace and war depend on some fellow’s digestion’. Bloom’s musings on the importance of food are mixed with a commentary on the architecture that surrounds him, emphasising Dublin’s position as a colonial city. Join our guide as we follow in Bloom’s footsteps and discuss these thoughts, focusing on Joyce’s effort to bring the unsavoury workings of the body into a work of art and use food as the basis of a political and social commentary. This tour ends on Kildare Street.

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Jun
12
6:30 PM18:30

On Joyce and Intimacy with writers Vigdis Hjorth and June Caldwell

 
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In association with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dublin

James Joyce is known for writing about life’s intimate moments. When Ulysses was published, it was considered obscene and unreadable by some critics. Joyce responded “if Ulysses isn’t fit to read, then life isn’t fit to live”.

Join Norwegian writer Vigdis Hjorth and Dublin-based author June Caldwell for an intimate panel discussion. They will confront the challenges and pleasures of shedding light on dark and complex aspects of modern life. Actor Janet Moran, who played Molly Bloom in the Abbey Theatre Production of Ulysses, will illustrate the discussion with readings from Joyce’s works and letters.

Vigdis Hjorth is a celebrated Norwegian author with a keen eye for current issues. She is known for writing existentialist books that address people’s life choices and living conditions. Her new novel Wills and Testament starts as a classic story of inheritance and sibling dynamics. But during the inheritance discussions another story emerges which brings violent forces into play. It's all about family history.

June Caldwell worked for many years as a journalist before becoming a writer of fiction and has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University Belfast. Her short story collection Room Little Darker was published In 2017. The Times described it as “an unflinching collection which thuds with life and kicks with horror” and the Independent wrote “Caldwell’s stories are ferocious beasts, kicking and screaming in rabid, frothing rage.” Caldwell has won the Moth International Short Story Prize and been shortlisted for many other awards, including the Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction. Her debut novel Little Town Moone is due in 2020.

The evening will be chaired by Dimitra Xidous, author of Keeping Bees. Her work has been published in gorse, The Stinging Fly, and Room Magazine.

 
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