Sunday, 9 June 2013

Highly Recommended 9th June, 2013.


BLOOMSDAY: Next Sunday marks the 109th celebration of Bloomsday - 
One of the earliest Bloomsday celebrations was a Ulysses lunch, organised by Sylvia Beach in France in June 1929. Joyce and thirty other guests were invited to a luncheon at the Leopold Restaurant near Versailles for the 25th anniversary, and also to celebrate the French translation of Ulysses. 
The term 'Bloomsday' was coined in 1954 when Irish writers Flann O'Brien, Patrick Kavanagh, Anthony Cronin, and John Ryan arranged for a horse drawn procession to follow the route of Paddy Dignam's funeral. They planned to travel round the city through the day, visiting scenes of the novel and ending in Nighttown but the pilgrimage was abandoned half way at the Baily pub in the city centre, which Ryan owned. 

The first Joyce Symposium took place in dublin in 1967 and has since taken place in many of the cities in which Joyce lived.
The JAMES JOYCE TOWER AND MUSEUM, the opening setting of the book, is once again hosting readings and events all this week:
Here is a selection of the many events which will be hosted world wide this year:

Joseph O'Connor, one of the readers for the inaugral
Novelist Joseph O' Connor confirmed to read in the Dublin leg of - 
25 worldwide cities across 4 continents read Ulysses live on

Participating cities for the Global Bloomsday Gathering

Also in Dublin: 
The Rocky Horror Show meets Ulysses - Special interactive screening of the famous 1950s film featuring Milo O'Shea. Active participants are welcome! Irish Film Institute - Bookings and 01 6793477 Thursday 13th June.
Bewley's Cafe Theatre - Noel O'Grady - 13th June - a special one-off performance of his show The Voice of Joyce: An Exile Sings, and Declan Gorman's One-man version of Dubliners will run for two weeks until the 22nd June.

Dublin will be innundated with events this week and the best site to keep track of it all is the Dublin James Joyce Centre:

New York: The James Joyce Society page is the one to keep in touch with:
Philadelphia: The Rosenbach Museum continue their wonderful tradition of Bloomsday readings:
Paris: The Parish Bloomsday Group host readings and songs from James Joyce's work with poet Jean O'Sullivan as MC. Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.

London: the London Irish Centre are hosting a Bloomsday Cabaret 
New Orleans: Writers and artists will gather at The Irish House, Charles Ave. where there will be readings, pints and food to celebrate. All are welcome!

The James Joyce, writer page is one of the pages that will keep you up-to-date with happenings. (Let them know if you want to include your event). 

Some great literary insults were hurled at us through fb and Flavorwire this week. Here's the link, along with some of our favourites.

“Barry, you’re over thirty years old. You owe it to your mum and dad not to sing in a group called Sonic Death Monkey.” – High Fidelity, Nick Hornby

“I desire that we be better strangers.” - As You Like It, William Shakespeare

on winning the IMPAC Literary Award 2013
 for his novel City of Bohane.
Here's a short snippet of Kevin reading from his novel at the Kilkenny Arts Festival   Followed by Belinda McKeon and Paul Murray.

And here is Kevin being  interviewed after winning the The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2012 for his short story 'Beer Trip to Llandudno'. Hours after winning, author and Booktrust web editor Nikesh Shukla met Kevin in an Oxford beer garden to discuss his win, how he writes short stories and what the best ale he's ever had is.  Even at this stage Kevin had been writing the film script for City of Bohane - so this new award should provide the impetus for finishing that project.


BOSTON: Friday 14th, 6pm

Grolier Bookshop are hosting a reading of 'City of Angels' by Ben Mazer, to mark the publication of his NEW POEMS. The event is free, but space is limited so book early:  

BIRMINGHAM: Monday 10th, Open Mic Poetry Slam:
This month's special guest poets are Birmingham Slam Stars
PGR brings you not one but three outstanding slam poets. James, Jaden and Elisha took the Warwick Words Slam by storm. Their blend of wit poingnancy and lyricism left the audience cheering. Believe the hype!

BELFAST: Monday 10th, 
Poetic Perspective: Through Artist' Eyes at the Belfast Book Festival, featuring the literary work of Geraldine O'Kane and live contemporary dance, painting and performance. Including artists such as
Colin Dardis, Amos Gideon Greig, Jenny Cleland, Peter Francis Fahy, David Armitage, Mimi O'Holloran, Anna Donovan, David Yates, Patricia Locker, Laura Kidd, Paul Kopal, Graeme McAllister and Stephen Millar.

Also in Belfast, on Wednesday 12th:
Poetry from Sam Riviere and Stephen Connolly.

DUBLIN: The Ash Sessions:  Tuesday, 11th July.

The ladies from Bare Hands and the Ash Sessions combine to bring you a mini Electric Picnic in the heart of Dublin. Featuring Ireland’s leading performance poets Abby Oliviera, Andre K’por and John Cummins, hilariously dark and mischievous tales from Paul Timoney along with a dazzling array of alternative/indie/folk music from Sinead White, Ria Czerniak, Red Sail, Johnny Murphy, Pearse McGloughlin and Justin Grounds. Come. It will only be amazing.

Tickets €10/€8

TORONTO: Friday 14th June.
1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling. An Open Mike of storytelling, music and poetry.

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