What a great day for literature! It’s on this day that Leopold Blooms, Ulysses’ main character, travels through Dublin on a normal day. It’s interesting to note this day, June 16th was Joyce’s first date with future wife Nora Barnacle. Allusion’s are obviously made between Bloom and Homer’s Odysseus.
This Modern Classic has caused great controversy and intrigue and now stands the test of time with events happening all over the world - but most importantly Dublin, which there’s still time to get to in spite of my late blogging today; check out Maire Rowland’s list of events here.
There’s also a whole host of interesting dramatizations from BBC Radio 4, including the voicing talent of Andrew Scott of Sherlock fame, Henry Goodman and Niamh Cusack bringing the journey of Bloom.
Even if your not in Dublin, or indeed Ireland, there’s an app available that’ll bring you through the streets of Dublin itself with information and notes on the journey to put you directly in Bloom’s shoes. Or, if you don’t have an iPhone, read Colim Tóibín’s account of the magical city of Dublin dreamers and chancers here.