By LUCY BRENNAN SHIEL

On 16 June, 115 years ago, Leopold Bloom got up, had breakfast, started wandering the streets of Dublin, and finally encountered Stephen Dedalus. In his famous novel Ulysses, 682 pages later, James Joyce has told us all about their adventures. Bloomsday commemorates 16 June 1904 –
the day on which the events of James Joyce’s Ulysses take place in Dublin.

Celebrating Bloomsday in Hastings 2018

The Hastings Ulysses Reading Circle have been reading Ulysses since October 2017 on a fortnightly basis, and in March this year visited Dublin to join the Dublin reading group near Sandycove to follow scenes from the book. It is a marathon of beauty, delight, difficulty, rhythm, history, interior monologue and hilarity!  So much so that we have decided to celebrate Ulysses again this year at the Electric Palace in Hastings Old Town on Sunday 16 June. 

Bernard McGinley, long term Joycean scholar and author of Joyce’s Lives will present this year’s Bloomsday talk at the Electric Palace, followed by a series of short performances exploring the themes of humour, soundscape and love.  Among the line up will be local musician Ross Andrews-Clifford and Irish actor Elaine O’Dwyer.

Everyone is welcome to join us for our Old Town celebrations. You are invited to come in Edwardian costume as Ulysses is set in Edwardian Dublin, or dressed as you are. As a town that loves dressing up, what better place than Hastings to explore the look and feel of Ulysses?  

A commemorative photograph will be taken after the event at the Electric Palace at around 3pm on Sunday 16 June. 

• Tickets available online for £10.00 through eventbrite at bloomsday1066.eventbrite.co.uk

• For more information contact [email protected] or Facebook:  bloomsday 1066


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