Happy Blooms Day



What is is ……………………….

Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin and elsewhere. Joyce chose the date as it was the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle; they walked to the Dublin suburb of Ringsend. The name derives from Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of Ulysses.


if like me, you’re a bit scared of actually reading Ulysses, which has a fearsome reputation, Radio 4 iu running lots of special programmes today, check out Radio 4 listen again if you’ve missed any.

for a gentle introduction to James Joyce, start with

Portrait of the artist as a young man and to give you no esxcuse not to give it a go, here’s a free PDF file of the whole book



and even more accesible, the short story collection



and here’s a link to an e-book version


if nothing else – read” the dead” – the most haunting, sublime writing you will ever come across.







About cathi rae

50ish teacher & aspiring writer and parent of a stroppy teenager and carer for a confused bedlington terrier and a small selection of horses who fail to shar emy dressage ambitions. Interested in contemporary fiction but find myself returning to PG Wodehouse when the chips are down View all posts by cathi rae

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