Blooms­day Fes­ti­val: What’s hap­pen­ing?

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Blooms­day is fast be­com­ing Bloom­sweek, with a plethora of events tak­ing place un­der the ban­ner of the Blooms­day Fes­ti­val, which runs from June 11th to 16th, many al­ready sold out.

High­lights in­clude Ge­off Dyer in con­ver­sa­tion with Mark O’Con­nell on June 13th; Ruth Gil­li­gan, Michael O’Lough­lin and Der­mot Bol­ger in con­ver­sa­tion on June 15th; and a cel­e­bra­tion of Blooms­day co-founder, the late An­thony Cronin, on June 16th.

A new record­ing of the Anna Livia sec­tion of James Joyce’s Fin­negans Wake by cel­e­brated Joycean per­former David Nor­ris has been launched in time for Blooms­day next Fri­day (June 16th).

Broad­cast and recorded for Ger­man pub­lic ra­dio in 2014, the record­ing dis­plays the full gamut of Nor­ris’s vo­cal tal­ents – and his com­mand of Dublin ex­pres­sion – as he evokes the two wash­er­women whose “chat­ter­ing dia­logue” across the river Lif­fey tells the story of Anna Livia her­self, on her progress from “a young slim slip of a thing” as she be­gins life in the Wick­low moun­tains and even­tu­ally, as night falls, flows into the Ir­ish Sea.

The CD is avail­able from the James Joyce Cen­tre Dublin and other out­lets (jamesjoyce.ie).

The Na­tional Li­brary of Ire­land hosts a num­ber of Joycean events. To mark WB Yeats’s birth­day and Blooms­day it will show newly ac­quired let­ters to Yeats from James Joyce.

The let­ters span al­most 24 years of cor­re­spon­dence and il­lu­mi­nate a deep lit­er­ary friend­ship. Mon­day, June 12th-Satur­day, June 17th. Ad­mis­sion free. No book­ing re­quired.

No­ramollyan­nalivialu­cia: The Muse & Mis­ter Joyce, a one-woman play for voices fea­tur­ing Nora Bar­na­cle Joyce is staged on Wed­nes­day, June 14th, at 7pm.

The Ital­ian In­sti­tute of Cul­ture hosts a free lunchtime con­cert, Joyce at the Opera, in­tro­duced by Prof John McCourt on Fri­day, June 16th, at 1pm.

The Third An­nual Blooms­day at DeBarra’s cel­e­bra­tion in Clon­akilty will take place on Fri­day, June 16th. Ev­ery­one is in­vited to meet up at Clon­akilty Post Of­fice at noon to walk the not so long or wind­ing route to DeBarra’s in a small re-en­act­ment of the great voy­age of Leopold Bloom across Dublin.

Phillip Joyce, the great grand nephew of James Joyce, will re­gale the au­di­ence with sto­ries and anec­dotes from his fam­ily his­tory.

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