The Bloomsday Garden Party
This year, At it Again! were invited to the President of Ireland’s Bloomsday Garden Party in Áras an Uachtaráin! A ball was had by all in stunning surroundings under a beautiful blue sky. We enjoyed performances by the best of Irish literary and musical talent, including a rousing rendition by Mrs President, Sabina Higgins of the Citizen from Ulysses. Continue reading
James from At it Again! reads Ulysses by James Joyce
When I was in school, we had a book of English prose examples which included an extract from the Aeolus section in Ulysses. At the time, even without the context of the rest of the book, there was something remarkable about it. The writing was so rich and evocative that it has stayed with me ever since. Here’s a section from the original, where a bunch of newspaper men are talking and one of them paraphrases a speech.
…When Fitzgibbon’s speech had ended John F Taylor rose to reply. Briefly, as well as I can bring them to mind, his words were these. Continue reading
Host a Dorian Gray Tea Party this Summer
You will have tea, of course, Dorian? And so will you, Harry? Or do you object to such simple pleasures?
– I adore simple pleasures, said Lord Henry. They are the last refuge of the complex.
Why don’t you host your own Victorian Afternoon Tea this summer in the spirit of Oscar Wilde’s decadent novel? Join Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian Gray and Basil Hallward in chapter two of The Picture of Dorian Gray as they enjoy refreshments in the blossoming summer garden of the artist’s studio followed by some Afternoon Tea.