Ulysses Reading Group Meeting – Sunday 22 April 2018

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.


Ulysses Reading Group Meeting – Sunday 18 March 2018

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.

Ulysses Reading Group Meeting – Sunday 25 February 2018

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

Lawrence Oates and #MeToo

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.

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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:



(Several highly respectable Dublin ladies hold up improper letters received from Bloom.)

Ulysses Reading Group Meeting – Sunday 28 January 2018

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

“some consolation for a woman”

Ian Jones is the creator of this illustration of a line from Penelope, the last episode of Joyce’s Ulysses. When Ian moved to Margate a few years ago – that’s Margate in Kent, not Molly’s Margate in Gibraltar – he discovered T.S. Eliot’s association with the resort. He, Eliot, began writing The Waste Land in a beach shelter on the Margate seafront.

Ian started an Eliot reading group and produced a series of calendars with each month incorporating a photo-montage with a line from Eliot’s works. Ian is also involved in the forthcoming Waste Land exhibition in the Turner Contemporary in Margate, and his art work will be on display. The exhibition runs from February 3rd to May 7th, 2018.




Ulysses Reading Group Meeting – Sunday 17 December 2017

The final meeting of the Ulysses reading group is on Sunday 17th of December, 2017. The venue is the New Headingley Club at 7.30pm.

The book ends with Molly’s memories of Bloom’s proposal on Howth Head.

Off Howth Head and into the flesh...