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Bloomsday Activities in Great Britain

The Irish Embassy in Great Britain is delighted to announce that we will be hosting a virtual Bloomsday celebration of the life and works of James Joyce with the help of a few very special guests, in London and Edinburgh.

London

Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Joyce, observed annually on 16th June, the day his 1922 novel Ulysses takes place in 1904. It is the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle,and named after its protagonist Leopold Bloom.

Our host, writer Emma Dabiri will lead a chat about Joyce’s life and works including his magnum opus, Ulysses, while actors Adrian Dunbar, Denise Gough, Caoimhe O’Malley and Niall Buggy will be performing a series of readings written by or about Joyce. The event will also feature a musical performance from tenor Eamonn Mulhall and some opening remarks from Ambassador O’Neill.

Join us on Bloomsday, 16th of June from 8am (as Telemachus and Calypso would have it) below, via our Youtube page or here on ireland.ie/great-britain.

Special Guests

Niall Buggy

Niall Buggy is an Irish Actor who has worked extensively both on Screen and on Stage in Ireland, the UK and the US. He has performed on stage in Edna O’Brien’s play Haunted which ran in the West – End, and as the lead in Brian Friels’ Uncle Vanya for which he won an Irish Times Theatre Award. He also won an Oliviere Award for Dead Funny, and the Origin Theatre Award for Blueberry Hill. Niall has also appeared on screen in Mamma Mia and Father Ted.

Adrian Dunbar

Adrian Dunbar is an Irish Actor, Screenwriter and Director. Adrian received a 1993 Best Original Screenplay BAFTA nomination for his film Hear My Song.  He also received a 2018 nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his notable role as Superintendent Ted Hasting in the BBC’s Line of Duty, a performance for which he was awarded Best Actor at the Irish Film and Television Awards.

Denise Gough

Denise Gough is an Irish actress, receiving honours for her performances on Television and on stage. In 2015 Denise won the Oliver Award for Best Actress for her performance in Duncan Macmillan’s People, Places and Things, which ran at the National Theatre in London. She later won a Second Oliver Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2018 for her performance in Angels in America.

Caoimhe O’Malley

Caoimhe O’Malley is an Irish Actress, and graduate of The Gaiety School of Acting – where she received the prestigious Gaiety Theatre Bursary. Caoimhe has been seen in BBC’s Dublin Murders and extensively on stage, where has most recently appeared in The Unmanageable Sisters by Deirdre Kinahan at the Abbey Theatre.

Eamonn Mulhall

Eamonn Mulhall is an Irish tenor, His operatic engagements include Ramiro in La Cenerentola and Narraboth in Salome (Wexford Festival), and a staged Messiah, Almaviva in The Barber of Seville and After Dido (English National Opera). Eamonn has also appeared frequently with the RTE Concert Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra.

Emma Dabiri

Emma Dabiri is a bestselling author, academic and broadcaster. She has published articles in a variety of outlets including the Guardian and Irish Times. Emma’s writing touches on pertinent issues such as race and inequality. Emma’s two books, Don’t Touch My Hair, which was published in 2019, and her new Book, What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition, offer thought provoking reflections on these issues. 

 

Edinburgh

In addition to involvement in the Bloomsday film being created by the Department of Foreign Affairs and MoLI, this year the Consulate General of Ireland, Edinburgh will celebrate Bloomsday through a number of local initiatives.

Brian Taylor, former political editor of BBC Scotland, and the Consulate’s resident Joycean, will feature on BBC Radio Scotland’s Afternoon Show for a segment “Brian Taylor on Joyce”. He will discuss Ulysses and Joyce’s works, promoting this year’s Bloomsday theme ‘Give the Book a Go’, and also Nuala O’Connor’s new book Nora. Listen in: BBC Radio Scotland - The Afternoon Show

Through partnerships with Orkney Library and Edinburgh City of Literature, the Consulate will also run a Joycean Book Giveaway. Alongside Orkney Library they will run a social media campaign where participants can win copies of Joyce books by answering a question on the link between the Orkney Islands and Ulysses. 

The Consulate will also place Joycean books in Edinburgh City of Literature’s Little Free Libraries which are dotted around the city, and in partnership with Edinburgh City of Literature will organise a socially-distanced book giveaway on Edinburgh’s famous Dublin Street.   

In addition to involvement in the Bloomsday film being created by the Department of Foreign Affairs and MoLI, this year the Consulate General of Ireland, Edinburgh will celebrate Bloomsday through a number of local initiatives.

Brian Taylor, former political editor of BBC Scotland, and the Consulate’s resident Joycean, will feature on BBC Radio Scotland’s Afternoon Show for a segment “Brian Taylor on Joyce”. He will discuss Ulysses and Joyce’s works, promoting this year’s Bloomsday theme ‘Give the Book a Go’, and also Nuala O’Connor’s new book Nora. Listen in: BBC Radio Scotland - The Afternoon Show

Through partnerships with Orkney Library and Edinburgh City of Literature, the Consulate will also run a Joycean Book Giveaway. Alongside Orkney Library they will run a social media campaign where participants can win copies of Joyce books by answering a question on the link between the Orkney Islands and Ulysses. 

The Consulate will also place Joycean books in Edinburgh City of Literature’s Little Free Libraries which are dotted around the city, and in partnership with Edinburgh City of Literature will organise a socially-distanced book giveaway on Edinburgh’s famous Dublin Street.