Romping through Dubliners
Dubliners is a series of 15 dark tales about city life at the turn of the 20th century. Although Dublin is a capital, it feels more like a village where everyone knows each other. It’s really magic that you can see and feel traces of the stories as you explore Dublin today. As Joyce wrote, real adventures do not happen to people who remain at home: they must be sought abroad.
Why not spend a day exploring Dublin through the eyes of one of her famous writers. Here’s what you could get up to bring Dubliners to life.
Romping through Trieste
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
Romping through Ulysses by James Joyce.
James Joyce’s Ulysses
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…