The James Joyce Centre in Dublin has announced the programme for their Bloomsday Festival
The next meeting of the Ulysses Reading Group is on Sunday 13th of May, 2018. We meet in the New Headingley Club at 7pm.
We start at page 205 line 16 of Finnegans Wake:
Well, after it was put in the Mericy Cordial Mendicants’ Sitterdag-Zindeh-Munaday Wakeschrift
The next meeting of the Ulysses Reading Group is on Sunday 22nd of April, 2018. We meet in the New Headingley Club at 7pm.
We have reached page 203 line 16 of Finnegans Wake:
Dell me where, the fairy ferse time! I will if you listen.
The next meeting of the Ulysses Reading Group is on Sunday 18 of March, 2018. We meet in the New Headingley Club at 7pm.
Our reading of Finnegans Wake continues from page 201 line 21: Onon! Onon! tell me more. Tell me every tiny teign.
The next meeting of the Ulysses Reading Group is on Sunday 25th of February, 2018. We meet in the New Headingley Club at 7pm.
Our exploration of Finnegans Wake continues from page 199, line 9:
You’d think all was dodo belonging to him how he durmed adranse in durance vaal.
Starting on Monday 19th, Book at Bedtime on Radio 4 is A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, in 10 episodes. Here is a link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09rx6hl
In the Circe episode of Ulysses, the Honourable Mrs Mervyn Tallboys complains about Bloom spying on her while her “eyes, I know, shone divinely as I watched Captain Slogger Dennehy of the Inniskillings win the final chukkar on his darling cob Centaur.” Whether or not Captain Dennehy ever existed, the Inniskilling Fusiliers were stationed in Dublin on Bloomsday, 1904 as this photo and description show. Their number included Lawrence “Titus” Oates who perished on Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole, and Robert Baden-Powell, the author of Scouting for Boys.
The Inniskilling Officers in Ireland 1904. The Regiment was stationed at the Curragh from November 1902 to April 1904 and then for two years at Marlborough Barracks, Dublin. Oates is fifth from the left in the back row, Baden-Powell is second from the right in the middle row.
Mrs Tallboys goes on to accuse Bloom of other “inappropriate behaviour” and the text continues:
MRS BELLINGHAM: Me too.
MRS YELVERTON BARRY: Me too.
(Several highly respectable Dublin ladies hold up improper letters received from Bloom.)
The next Ulysses reading group meeting is on Sunday 28th of January, 2018 at 7pm in the New Headingley Club.
At our last meeting in December we finished our second reading of Ulysses. We had also read Dubliners in 2014. There was general agreement, therefore, that we should go on to read Joyce’s final novel, Finnegans Wake.
Under the circumstances we should perhaps call ourselves the Finnegans Wake reading group but there is already a group of that name which meets at Leeds University. We hope to complement their efforts while retaining our old name.
For the first meeting the suggestion is that we begin with Book 1, Chapter 8 (page 196 in most versions) which is all about Anna Livia Plurabelle. The action takes place on the banks of the Liffey where two washerwomen are in conversation.
tell me all about
Anna Livia! I want to hear all
This choice of starting point would be in keeping with the history of publication. Sections of Finnegans Wake including this one were published by Joyce as “Fragments from work in progress” before full publication in 1939. You can listen to a recording of Joyce reading from the end of the chapter: https://youtu.be/-nGZh39OP58