Celebrating James Joyce in Melbourne

Every year around the world on 16th June readers of James Joyce celebrate his greatest masterpiece, Ulysses, first published in 1922. Why 16th June? Well, that’s the day in 1904 on which the action of the book is set… and, romantically, Joyce chose that date because it commemorates the day he first went out with Nora, the love of his life.

Here in Melbourne, a group of Joyce readers, Bloomsday in Melbourne, celebrate this most famous of literary dates with dinner, a few drinks, a lot of talk and, always, a rip-roaring, rambunctious and racy theatrical production. We raise a toast to Joyce’s fiction – its humour, its challenge to rethink the world, its experimentalism. Come join us!



Getting Up James Joyce’s Nose

directed by Wayne Pearn

A Steampunk Ulysses at the Spiegeltent… sniffing out Joyce’s darkest secrets?

What’s coming up for Bloomsday in Melbourne 2017…

  • We’ve unveiled and opened bookings for Bloomsday in Melbourne’s brand new original play, ‘Getting Up James Joyce’s Nose’, is completed (2.3 years in the making). It is cast and already in rehearsal under the inventive eye of Wayne Pearn. The Tatty Tenors are rehearsing in Brisbane and poised for another Melbourne adventure. The Melba Spiegeltent is booked for a Steam-Punk festival celebrating what’s on the nose in Joyce.
  • Sign up to our list to receive updates on Bloomsday events by emailing Sian: sian.cartwright@bigpond.com


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