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Bloomsday Festival 2014

As my regular readers will know, I love a plug for the Irish literary arts scene. For a small country, we sure produce a huge amount of fantastic art! One of our most famous exports is, of course, the inimitable James Joyce. Whether you are a devoted fan of this master of language and pusher of every boundary he could find or one of those who retreated, bleary-eyed after just the first few pages of Ulysses. Or perhaps one of his tomes is on your to-read list. Wherever you fall on the Joycean spectrum, there is a fantastic event happening in Dublin in just two weeks.

Every 16th of June, Joyce enthusiasts celebrate Bloomsday, named for the hero of Ulysses, Leopold Bloom. This year, the weekend of activities in Dublin is the 14-16th of June.

2013 Festivities - Photo credit: Mark Simpson
The Here Comes Everybody Players will be putting on three live performances over the two days that will (re)introduce audiences to selections from The Dubliners, Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake. Based in Boston, USA, the troupe is a combination of performers, scholars and musicians who merge acting, traditional music, audience participation and a love of Joyce to create interactive performances in situ. These talented performers include my dad - a fab bodhrán player! Insert proud daughter grin here. Their visit is sponsored by The James Joyce Centre Dublin and Fáilte Ireland.

Some of the performances are free, though a few do require booking, so get planning! This is just a small portion of what's happening that weekend in Dublin. It's a perfect time to visit!

This is a fantastic way to be introduced to Joyce's Dublin through his own words.

Find more about the Here Comes Everybody Players on their Bloomsday 2014 website.

Find more about all the Bloomsday 2014 festivities here.