The last Bloomsday under copyright
Next Thursday, June 16, will be the last Bloomsday under copyright. The copyright on James Joyce's work, which has been zealously protected by his grandson Stephen since 1982, ends this coming December 31. This allows for the release of scores of Joycean manuscripts and hundreds of letters and permits publishers, theatre companies and various other interested parties to make use of his work as they see fit.
Stephen Joyce's rigid control over the Joyce literary estate has been such that scholars and others have regularly been met with refusal when they have sought to make use of his writings, but from next January all that will change. Organisers of next year's Bloomsday festival are already making plans for readings and other public events that are currently prohibited or for which prohibitive fees have been demanded.