Monday 21 August 2017

Bloomsday 2017: A hooley, foodie walking tour, and a Poetry Brothel among delights

James Joyce Centre announces programme of events

John Shevlin from North Great Georges Street dressed as James Joyce at the Joyce Centre during Bloomsday. Photo: Steve Humphreys
John Shevlin from North Great Georges Street dressed as James Joyce at the Joyce Centre during Bloomsday. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The exciting programme of events for this year's Bloomsday Festival from June 11-16 has been announced by the James Joyce Centre.

The six day festival kicks off on Sunday June 11 with the Irish Food Trail's first ever Joycean foodie walking tour and a Pub Crawl on both the 11th and 12th.

A new print exhibition, 'Ulysses: A Visual Schema', with graphic artist James MacDonnell speaking alongside local scholar Terence Killeen about the work, will launch on June 11th and on the following day will see the first public broadcast of an interview with Joyce's sister, Margaret Alice 'Poppie' Joyce.

Among the speakers for the week will be lauded comic writer Geoff Dyer in conversation with Mark O'Connell on June 13 and Professor of Poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Elizabeth Willis, will discuss and read from her experimental collections at Poetry Ireland on June 14.

Novelist and poet Dermot Bolger will sit down with Michael O'Loughlin and Ruth Gilligan in the GPO's Witness Gallery for a lively discussion about Irishness, nationalism and writing on the 15th and an event in Dublin City Hall on the 16th will  celebrate the work of poet, critic and original Bloomsday raconteur, Anthony Cronin.

If you fancy a beverage or two there's a trad and pints session at the Bloomsday Hooley on the 14th followed by the Joyce of Whiskey tours on the 15th.

There will also be the family friendly, life-size Ulysses map 'Wandering Rocks' and the night-time literary club the Poetry Brothel on the 16th, a Virtual Reality Ulysses (14 – 16th) and the Bloomsday Readings in Meeting House Square led by poet Stephen James Smith (on the 16th).

For more info check out: Bloomsdayfestival.ie

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