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15
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The Poetry Brothel: O, Rocks!

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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!  

 
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Jun
15
6:30 PM18:30

Bloomsday Interview - Senator David Norris in conversation with Anne Doyle - SOLD OUT

 
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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.

This event is now Sold Out, please have a look over the rest of the programme to discover an alternative event or tour to book!

 
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Jun
15
2:00 PM14:00

Dubliners Walking Tour - SOLD OUT

 
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Joyce once referred to Dublin as the ‘centre of paralysis’, a city that he felt was backward and repressive in contrast to the modern capitals of Europe. This idea found its expression in Dubliners, a short story collection that illustrates the effects of this restrictive atmosphere on the city’s population. Join our guide on a walk that visits some of the key locations from both the collection and the author’s life, discussing all the while Joyce’s critical portrayal of the social, religious and political landscape of his home town. This tour also gives some insight into the publication history of the collection, itself a story that creates a sense of Joyce’s artistic mission and his controversial approach to writing about Dublin. This tour ends around O’Connell Street.

This tour is now Sold Out, please have a look over the rest of the programme to discover an alternative tour to book!

 
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Jun
15
11:00 AM11:00

Introducing Joyce's Dublin Walking Tour - Sold Out

 
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Though Joyce lived most of his life outside of Ireland, Dublin would provide the backdrop for virtually all of his work. On a stroll around the north inner city, our guide will explain the real-life inspiration behind some of Joyce’s most celebrated writing and will show just how central the streetscape of the ‘Hibernian metropolis’ is to the author’s life and art. The tour visits stops such as Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; North Hardwicke Street, the setting of the short story ‘The Boarding House’; The Gresham Hotel, the setting of the final and most memorable scene of the short story ‘The Dead’; and the James Joyce Statue on North Earl Street, affectionately known as the ‘Prick with the Stick’. The tour also includes a visit to the site of one of the most famous addresses in English literature, No. 7 Eccles Street, and retraces the steps of Leopold Bloom’s celebrated journey to buy a pork kidney in the fourth episode of Ulysses. This tour ends on O’Connell Street.

This tour is now Sold Out, please have a look over the rest of the programme to discover an alternative tour to book!

 
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Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

The Bloomsday Eve Bus - SOLD OUT

 
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Hop aboard the Bloomsday Bus this 16 June for a whistle-stop Joycean sightseeing tour around “Dear Dirty Dublin”. You’ll be whisked around for a two and a half hour tour of some of the city’s key Joycean landmarks in the company of our local guide, who will keep you informed and entertained as you explore the “Hibernian metropolis”.

You’ll pop by Eccles Street, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; Glasnevin Cemetery, the setting for the ‘Hades’ episode of Ulysses; the old ‘Monto’ area, where Bella Cohen’s brothel once stood; Westland Row, where the ‘Lotus Eaters’ episode sees Bloom drop into Sweny’s Chemist; Holles Street Maternity Hospital, where Bloom and Stephen cavort with Mulligan et al in ‘Oxen of the Sun’ and a whole lot of other Joycean hotspots along the way, including some of the author’s former addresses and many more locations from the novel. You will get a free copy of Romping through Ulysses, an illustrated pocket guide to the big book that will help you navigate your Bloomsday adventure.

This tour is now Sold Out, please have a look over the rest of the programme to discover an alternative tour to book!

 
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