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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Stephen Fry and Senator David Norris for Bloomsday Festival 2015

Stephen Fry will take part in a talk with Senator David Norris for the James Joyce Centre's Bloomsday Festival
Stephen Fry will take part in a talk with Senator David Norris for the James Joyce Centre's Bloomsday Festival
Joycean scholars from Celtic Youth Brayin 2014
Poet Patrick Kavanagh with writers John Ryan and Anthony Cronin at Sandymount Strand on Bloomsday, 1954.
Copies of the famous literary masterpiece 'Ulysses' by Irishman James Joyce
Nicole Joyce and Lucas Kemper (2) at the James Joyce Centre in Dublin 2014. Photo: Conor McCabe
Members of the Dublin Shakespeare Society re-enact the ‘Hades’ chapter from Ulysses in Glasnevin Cemetery as part of yesterday’s Bloomsday celebrations. 2014 Photo: Colm Mahady / Fennells
Senator David Norris with John Shevlin in character of James Joyce at the James Joyce Centre on North Great George's Street. 2014 Photo: Conor McCabe Photography
Bloomsday 2014

British broadcaster Stephen Fry will be interviewed by Senator David Norris for the James Joyce Centre's Bloomsday Festival.

The Festival runs over six days and features several highlights including a Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch, An Evening with Susan Howe, and Yeats & Joyce: An Evening of Music & Poetry.

Literary aficionado and comedian Stephen Fry will talk all things Joyce and modernist literature with Senator David Norris as part of the annual Interview programme in Joyce’s own alma mater, Belvedere College.

The 2015 Bloomsday Interview: Stephen Fry in conversation with Senator David Norris will take place at the O’Reilly Theatre on Tuesday June 16 at 8pm. Tickets cost €25/22.50

Other festival highlights include:


Feast of Epiphanies ‘Reinvigorating Joyce’

James Joyce Centre, Thursday 11 June, 6pm, Tickets €25

An evening of high tea and high conversation as part of the  ‘Feast of Epiphanies’ series. In honour of Bloomsday the topic of discussion will be ‘Reinvigorating Joyce’ and Ulysses playwright Dermot Bolger and authors Belinda McKeon and Paul Murray, who contributed to the Dubliners 100 reboot will be present.

How do you tackle one of Ireland’s most famously opaque authors and make his work accessible and exciting for a modern audience?


Yeats & Joyce: An Evening of Music & Poetry

James Joyce Centre,  Saturday 13 June, 7.30pm, Tickets €15

To mark the 150th anniversary of Yeats’ birth, the James Joyce Centre presents this special evening celebrating the lives and works of two giants of modern Irish literature.

Yeats was one of Joyce’s earliest supporters and Joyce in turn acknowledged Yeats as among the greatest of modern poets.

They each plotted their own course and established themselves as the leading voices of their generations at a time of great change in Ireland, but theirs was a friendship marked as much by rivalry as admiration.

Join tenor Noel O’Grady and actress Kate O’Toole for an intimate celebration of this unique relationship through music and recital in the surrounds of the Centre’s Kenmare Room.


Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch

North Great George’s Street, Sunday 14 June, seatings from 12pm, Tickets €10

Happenings present another edition of the Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch. Step into another realm for a street feast with performances, games and music straight from the pages of Ulysses, celebrating all the weird and wacky parts of Joyce.

This brunch will take place over 3 sittings from 12pm with fun and games afterwards. Dressing up is actively encouraged.


An Evening with Susan Howe

Belvedere House, Great Denmark Street, Sunday 14 June, 6pm, Tickets €15

Susan Howe is one of the preeminent writers of her generation. A celebrated poet and author, Howe’s work has paid homage to the work of Joyce and W.B. Yeats and has inspired many critical works.

In 2011 she was awarded the Bollingen Prize, an accolade previously given to authors such as Ezra Pound, Robert Frost and Adrienne Rich.

On this evening, in the stunning surrounds of Belvedere House, Howe will read from a selection of her work, followed by a discussion of Irish and American poetry in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Presented by New Dublin Press in association with the James Joyce Centre and with the support of the O’Reilly Theatre.


Bloom around the city 

There will be lots of different events across the city from the James Joyce Centre’s own programme such as walking tours, Joycean pub crawls, Bloomsday readings, a Bloomsday Bus Tour and the ever popular Bloomsday Breakfasts.

Local communities will also be hosting their own events and celebrations. To check out locations and full details go to http://bloomsdayfestival.ie/bloom-around-the-city/ 


Bloomsday Festival Day to Day:


Thursday 11 June

11am   Footsteps of Leopold Bloom Walking Tour

2pm     Dubliners Walking Tour

6pm     Feast of Epiphanies: ‘Reinvigorating Joyce’


Friday 12 June

11am   Joyce & The Irish Literary Revival Tour

2pm     Joyce Circular Walking Tour

6pm     Joycean Pub Crawl


Saturday 13 June

11am   Yeats & Joyce Walking Tour – 11am

2pm     Yeats & Joyce Walking Tour – 2pm  

3pm     Georgian High Tea

7pm     Yeats & Joyce in Music, Poetry & Story


Sunday 14 June

11am   Yeats & Joyce Walking Tour – 11am

12pm   Happenings Present: Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch

1pm     Happenings Present: Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch

2pm     Happenings Present: Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch

3pm     North Great George’s Street Party

6pm     Joycean Pub Crawl

6pm     An Evening with Susan Howe


Monday 15 June

10am   Bloomsday Bus Tour

11am   Footsteps of Leopold Bloom Walking Tour

2pm     Joyce & Irish Literary Revival Tour


Tuesday 16 June

9am     Bloomsday Guided Tour – 9am

10am   Bloomsday Guided Tour – 10am

10am   Bloomsday Breakfast – 10am sitting

11am   Bloomsday Guided Tour – 11am

12pm   Bloomsday Guided Tour – 12pm

12pm   Bloomsday Breakfast – 12pm sitting

1pm     Bloomsday Guided Tour – 1pm

2pm     Bloomsday Guided Tour – 2pm

3pm     Bloomsday Guided Tour – 3pm

3pm     Bloomsday Readings

4pm     Bloomsday Guided Tour – 4pm

5pm     Bloomsday Guided Tour – 5pm

8pm     Bloomsday Interview, Stephen Fry in conversation with Senator David Norris

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