What is Bloomsday?
Bloomsday was first celebrated in Dublin in 1954, and since the 1970s, it has become one of the leading literary feast-days around the world. Why? The events of Joyce’s Ulysses take place on one day (16 June and the early hours of the next day) in a city that was eminently walkable in 1904, the date of its setting. Leopold Bloom is one of the three leading characters and tradition names the day after him, rather than his wife, Molly Bloom or Stephen Daedalus. Early Bloomsdays were peripatetic, where the novel’s landmarks are the focus of Bloomsday revels.
Bloomsday in Melbourne has a proud history of engagement with the work of James Joyce. Since 1994, a small committee of Joyceans has read and re-read Joyce and mounted theatrical events designed to communicate the joy of Joyce to its loyal patrons. Read on…
Who Runs Bloomsday in Melbourne?
Bloomsday in Melbourne is a not-for-profit incorporated society run by a committee of volunteers. It annually assembles a team of scriptwriters and script consultants who work on each year’s main theatrical event, stages in and around Bloomsday, 16 June.
Bloomsday in Melbourne Committee
Director – Frances Devlin-Glass firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary/Public Officer – Sian Cartwright email@example.com
Treasurer – Bob Glass firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee – Bruce Beswick, Steve Carey, Roslyn Hames, James King, Bernard Peasley
Script-Writing Team 2017
Bruce Beswick, Steve Carey, Sian Cartwright, Deirdre Gillespie, Bernard Peasley, Frances Devlin-Glass
Original Website Design
Mairéid Sullivan & Ben Kettlewell, Lyrebird Media
Ryan MacKenzie, Explode
Bloomsday in Melbourne is largely self-funded from subscriptions to Bloomsday events, and through its two annual fundraisers.
Regarded as one of the leading Bloomsday’s worldwide, we have been and are being sponsored by several institutions, businesses, and individuals:
|Our most long-standing sponsor, since 1997, has been the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University.|
|The Irish Government through the Irish Embassy in Canberra has sponsored us since 2006.|
|In 2009 and again in 2011, the City of Melbourne supported us.|
|The Celtic Club has been a longstanding sponsor, and sometimes host of Bloomsday events. It is generous in providing a rehearsal space to Bloomsday in Melbourne.|
|Buck Mulligan’s Irish Whiskey Bar and Bookshop (217 High St, Northcote) is a new and valued patron.|
|The State Library of Victoria has frequently hosted Bloomsday. We are proud to be affiliated with it. The State Library included Bloomsday in Melbourne as a part of Melbourne’s successful bid to become a United Nations City of Literature. The secretariat for this will be housed at the State Library.|
|In 2012, since gaining registration and tax-deductibility as an Arts organization with the Australian Business Arts Foundation, we are grateful for donations from the following individuals: Dennis Paphitis, Keith Wilshire, Alan and Noel Fagan, Mary Gaynor, Helene McNamara & Associates and Helen Rey and an anonymous donor.|
|P.J.O’Brien’s Irish Pub were proud sponsors of the Tatty Tenors in August 2012
and of Bloomsday 2012 and Bloomsday 2013.
|If you would like to be part of this enterprise and help us to reach our goal of providing one of the most innovative and ambitious Bloomsdays around the world, please think of donating to Bloomsday through Australian Cultural Fund (auspiced by the Australian government).|