James Joyce’s novel Ulysses is set on the 16th June 1904 and has become known as Bloomsday, after the book’s anti-hero Leopold Bloom. Both he and Stephen Dedalus journey across Dublin, experiencing all of life in one day. Meanwhile, Bloom’s wife Molly is in bed entertaining man-about-town Blazes Boylan.
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Here at At it Again! we love stories that are closely linked to a city or place. It’s fascinating to be able to walk the same streets as the characters and imagining meeting them. Have you seen our graphic guide Romping through Dubliners, a fun and interactive take on Irish writer James Joyce’s fifteen short stories. The stories in Dubliners are fresh however many times you read them, never losing their power to unnerve you as they unfold.
At the moment, my favourite story from Dubliners is After the Race. It’s the one in the fast lane, where a Frenchman, a Canadian and a Hungarian take an Irishman for a ride. The boy racers are joined by an Englishman for dinner in a fancy hotel. Staggering out into the night, they bump into an American who invites them to his yacht for supper, dancing and cards. The stakes get higher as they drink a toast to the last big game. The Irishman knows he’s losing but he can’t stop… Continue reading
It’s time to celebrate Hallowe’en. Dracula will be your guide as you get sucked into a world of castles, crypts and climaxes.
Bram Stoker’s Gothic tale begins with Jonathan Harker travelling to Dracula’s castle in Transylvania. Take a trip to the coastal suburb of Clontarf on Dublin’s northside. See Bram Stoker’s birthplace at 15 Marino Crescent with its blood red door.
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Jonathan is welcomed to the Count’s castle by a strange elderly man. Enter Dracula’s other castle in Clontarf, with its labyrinthine corridors that take you to the Castle Graveyard magic show. Watch your step.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde’s famous Gothic novel about the wish for eternal youth and its terrible consequences. As the evenings grow shorter it is a perfect tale to read in the run up to Hallowe’en. The following 10 things will help you bring The Picture of Dorian Gray to life in Oscar Wilde’s hometown of Dublin.
I’ve always loved stories full of mystery and adventure like the kind Tintin always got mixed-up in. You got to discover new countries, stumble across forgotten places or even find hidden treasure. But nothing gets you more excited for an adventure than a good old map! Continue reading