Three words immediately follow the famous yes I said yes I will Yes ending to Ulysses. They are Trieste-Zurich-Paris. These were the cities that Joyce lived in when he was writing Ulysses over several years.
Joyce’s time in Trieste played an important part in his development as an artist. Continue reading
The story of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses is set on the 16th June 1904. This day has become known as Bloomsday, after the book’s anti-hero Leopold Bloom. In the book Leopold Bloom 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. Continue reading
The story of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses is set on the 16th June 1904. This day has become known as Bloomsday, after the book’s anti-hero Leopold Bloom. It is celebrated every year around the world. As the main characters Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus journey across Dublin, they experience all of life in one day. Meanwhile, Bloom’s wife Molly is in bed entertaining man about town Blazes Boylan. We love Bloomsday because it is the only unofficial holiday that celebrates a book, its author and the city that inspired it. It’s exciting that you can walk through Dublin like through the pages of Ulysses, imagining meeting the characters along the way.
Romping through Bloomsday
But you don’t need to live in Dublin to escape into the magical world of James Joyce’s Ulysses on the 16th June. All over the world, people celebrate Bloomsday by getting dressed up, reading or acting out scenes from Ulysses, and singing songs from Joyce. Why not enjoy breakfasts, bike rides, afternoon pints and late night naughtiness.
Here are some ideas for celebrating Bloomsday wherever you are…
Hocus Pocus Literarius! Take a peek through the curtain to see the inspiration behind our magic show video. With the launch of the new Romping through Irish Literature Collection and website, we wanted to show how we conjured our pocket guide books into your hands.
At it Again!’s very own resident poster boy, Niall Laverty, has been playing his part for the 1916 Rising commemorations. He recently took part in RTÉ’s ambitious project to produce 32 one minute short films – one for every county – that explore the stories related to the Rising. Niall portrayed Thomas Ashe, who led the 5th Battalion of the Irish Volunteers in the Battle of Ashbourne, Co. Meath. It was one of the largest combat operations by the Irish Volunteers outside Dublin during Easter Week.
On a cold and damp morning earlier this year Niall and his small army of Volunteers were marched down into the fields of Ashbourne to recreate the shootout. After a short training session on how to shoot from a rifle with live ammunition, filming started in the trenches. No acting was required as the scene had such a visceral nature to it, thanks in no small part to the enthusiastic commitment from everyone involved in the production. It was a thrilling experience to bring an important part of history to life.
Did you know that Joyce actually took a class in Irish with Patrick Pearse, the leader of the 1916 Easter Rising, at the Jesuit University College in Dublin. He apparently took offence to Pearse continuously emphasizing the superiority of the Irish language. After just a few classes, he stormed out when Pearse denounced the English word “Thunder” – a favourite of Joyce’s – as an example of verbal inadequacy.