Words of literature…..spread the WORD….9th Annual Bloomsday 2012


A Celebration of Literature - Words - Wit - Wisdom - Where?

James Joyce’s book Ulysses depicts the events of one day when Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom took their epic journey through Dublin.

For millions of people, June 16 is an extraordinary day. On that day in 1904, Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom each took their epic journeys through Dublin in James Joyce's Ulysses, the world's most highly acclaimed modern novel. 

"Bloomsday", as it is now known, has become a tradition for Joyce enthusiasts all over the world. From Tokyo to Sydney, San Francisco to Paris, Trieste to.... Northampton, dozens of cities around the globe hold their own Bloomsday festivities. The celebrations usually include readings as well as staged re-enactments and street-side improvisations of scenes from the story.
Peter Mulligan reading from Ulysses
at Kingsthorpe Cemetary during the 2011 Bloomsday celebration in Northampton. 
Photo credit: Gerry Molumby
Lucia Anna Joyce's grave
photo credit: Peter Mulligan

To celebrate that special day, known as Bloomsday, the Irish Community Arts Project will present a reading by invited literary figures at the graveside of Lucia Anna Joyce who died in Northampton in 1982. Like many of us the Joyce family are part of the Irish Diaspora and as such we remember this family.

The event will take place at 3pm on Saturday 16th June 2012 at Kingsthorpe Cemetery, Northampton. The Triskelion Theatre Company will perform in period costume.

Further details from
Peter Mulligan
Project Co-ordinator
NCA Arts Project
Northampton Connolly Association
5 Woodland Avenue
Abington Park
Northampton NN3 2BY

Tel. 01604-715793


Karen Cunningham
06/08/2012 11:52am

Can anyone attend this event? My Daughter and I are interested in attending. On previous years we have always found out too late about the event!

06/08/2012 3:42pm

yes, yes, yes !

05/17/2013 7:04am

Your name was given me by Dan Godston at Borderbend, who suggested I contact you when I sent him the following:
I was surprised that nobody in Sheffield apparently did anything around last year’s Bloomsday. Nor did I think any more of it, until a chance conversation in a pub about 10 days ago.
Situation at present is that I have the go-ahead to read the two poems “Piers” by Allan Johnston and “Surely the Very Last Traditional Folk Song to be Set to Music” by Michael Glover. If I was to put these into a triptych, I might seek a contribution from [London]Derry and/or Norwich, the other candidate-city with Sheffield for the European City of Culture accolade. If I had such a triptych, I would probably throw in three quasi-Ulyssean poems of my own, and try to find another reader.
Once a definite decision to go ahead is taken, it all depends on word getting around. At the only comparable event I’ve been involved in, one Saturday last February, it was another pub which tapped into the local Irish grapevine and thus got an audience of about 40-50. Just how, I don’t know, and last year’s landlady has since left that particular pub.
16 June this year is a Sunday. Whether it will be Bloomsday at all. one-and-only or first of many, only time will tell.


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