POETRY & LITERATURE
The Tampa Bay Arts & Education Network is hosting Tampa’s second Bloomsday, a celebration of all things Joycean. Named after Ulysses’ central character, Leopold Bloom, Bloomsday marks the day on which the action of the novel takes place, June 16th, and follows the life and thoughts of Bloom and a host of other colorful characters as they travel through the streets of Dublin and the corners of their minds.
“Our goal is to have fun with Joyce. So many people are intimidated by Ulysses and we want to show that literature, even scary tomes like this, can be joyous, especially with the right company,” said Lucy Griggs, Program Director of TBAE Network. “This is an evening of fun with limericks, music and group readings, celebrating the joy of reading in the company of friends. “
The very first Bloomsday was celebrated in Ireland in 1954, the fiftieth anniversary of the first Bloomsday, when the writers Patrick Kavanagh and Flann O’Brien visited locations like the Martello Tower at Sandycove, Davy Byrne’s pub, and 7 Eccles Street, reading parts of Ulysses and drinking a great deal as they went!?
Today, Bloomsday is celebrated by Joyceans across the globe with readings, performances, re-enactments, and a host of other events. In Dublin, enthusiasts dress in Edwardian costume and gather during the day at many of the locations where episodes of Ulysses take place.
In Tampa, we’ll celebrate Joyce and all things Irish with a lovely supper and a grand old pint, followed by traditional Irish music performed live by the Irish Buskers.??
We want You to be part of the fun, so be prepared to join in…
• Limerick Challenge Bring a Limerick for the band to read between sets. (Kindly keep them clean!)
• Selected Passages from Ulysses Pick up your passage at the door and put on your best brogue for the audience.??
• Best Book You Never Read Book Swap Ulysses is often called the greatest book no one ever read. There’s at least one book on your shelf you’ve always meant to read and never did. Bring it along and swap it for another you might enjoy!
Tickets are $20 and include food, music, and more fun than a mythological allusion. Cash bar. Limited to 125 tickets. Get yours today at tbae.net
For more info: Ann Goldenberg, 813-254-2253 x1 email@example.com