The Bloomsday Festival returns to Dublin once again from 11 – 16 June, celebrating the life and work of James Joyce. The events in Joyce’s most famous work, Ulysses, take place on 16 June 1904 and the festival is timed to coincide with the anniversary of that date. The Bloomsday Festival has been organised by the James Joyce Centre since 1994 and this year’s festival has so much to offer – from food events to walks, talks, music and more.
The festivities begin on Sunday 11 June with the Irish Food Trail’s first ever Joycean foodie walking tour. Later in the festival, visitors can enjoy a Pub Crawl, Joyce of Whiskey tours and a rollicking night of trad and pints at the Bloomsday Hooley in JW Sweetman’s bar on the quays.
This year’s festival will also see the first public broadcast of an interview with Joyce’s sister, Margaret Alice ‘Poppie’ Joyce. This very special event takes place in the James Joyce Centre on Monday, 12 June.
As always, there is an exciting line-up of speakers set to attend this year’s celebration. The Bloomsday Interview sees the lauded comic writer Geoff Dyer in conversation with Mark O’Connell, while Professor of Poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Elizabeth Willis, will discuss and read from her experimental collections at Poetry Ireland.
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. Elsewhere, the work of poet, critic and original Bloomsday raconteur, Anthony Cronin will be celebrated in Dublin City Hall on Bloomsday itself, Friday 16 June.
On top of all this, festival goers can also enjoy the family friendly, life-size Ulysses map ‘Wandering Rocks, the popular night-time literary club the Poetry Brothel and take a tour through a Virtual Reality Ulysses, while poet Stephen James Smith will lead the celebrated Bloomsday Readings in Meeting House Square.
Hailed by many as the greatest novel of all time, Ulysses still resonates with with readers almost 100 years later. The novel brings Dublin to life and Bloomsday offers visitors the chance to retrace the journey that Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus took on that monumental day. With a jam-packed programme, this year’s Bloomsday festival is a great way to celebrate the lasting legacy of James Joyce.