Bloomsday in Melbourne runs three kinds of events:
This is the main event annually, and it is a mini festival on and about 16 June, normally involving an original play, a dinner and a seminar. The festival celebrates the novels of James Joyce, usually Ulysses. In 2018, the festival will celebrate Joyce as a writer’s writer, and will present Holy Cow! James Joyce makes a Meal of the Literary Greats. This is a theatrical version of the most ‘literary’ chapter of Ulysses, Oxen of the Sun, ch. 14. It’s PARODIES on steroids. More details to be unveiled! Watch this space. For a taste of the mayhem, you might like to take a look at last year’s events on our Archive page.
Bloomsday mounts plays (Irish or Irish-Australian), play readings and other literary-themed events which function as community-building fundraisers (which enable us to hire theatres, insure our actors and patrons etc. for our main activity, Bloomsday). All proceeds from fringe events fund Bloomsdays annually.
Our acting and script teams are working on some excellent offerings for early 2018.
These courses, at different levels of difficulty and building on one another systematically, are designed to demystify and increase our patrons’ enjoyment of, and knowledge about, Joyce. Two courses are on offer in 2017 – 18, with the possibility of an Advanced Ulysses course, depending on student interest. An intensive Advanced Course is planned for 9 September 2017, and is already well subscribed. Another Introductory course is planned for late February 2018.