We believe that poetry and certain novels are best read aloud, that some words are better heard than read. Every year, we perform a staged reading of part of James Joyce's novel Ulysses. Occasionally, we do other readings too.
Ulysses takes place on June 16th, 1904, the date now known as Bloomsday. It follows the wanderings of Leopold Bloom, a Jewish everyman, and Stephen Dedalus, a young writer and Joyce's alter ego, as they wander the streets of Dublin. The centenary of Bloomsday, June 16th, 2004, was celebrated worldwide.
In this, our eighteenth year, we are reading Ulysses for the second time! We will present a staged reading of Chapter 2, “Nestor”, and Chapter 5, “The Lotus Eaters”, at the Seattle Central Library.
More about the Nestor/Lotus Eaters Reading | Press Release.
Over in Kirkland, WA, a Bloomsday reading will be held at Parkplace Books, on Saturday June 13th from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm. More detail at their Facebook page.
The Wild Geese Players of Seattle have been staging readings of Irish literature, by writers such as James Joyce and W.B. Yeats, in Seattle since 1998. We are a diverse group of people with an interest in Irish literature, and most of us are either Irish-born or have Irish connections. More generally, the Wild Geese refers to the Irish diaspora, after the original Wild Geese, exiled Irish soldiers and their descendants who served in European armies in the 16th–18th centuries.