Wild Geese Players of Seattle

Apr 15, 2018

Apr 15, 2018

Apr 13, 2018

2018 Bloomsday Press Release

21st Annual Staged Reading / Bloomsday Celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses

The Wild Geese Players of Seattle join Bloomsday celebrations across the globe honoring Ulysses’ author James Joyce. Our 21st annual staged reading of selections from the book will be held on Saturday, June 16th, 2018 at 2:30pm at the Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, Level 4 – Room 2 – Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room.

Bloomsday (Bloom’s day, named for Ulysses’ main character, Leopold Bloom) is a worldwide commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce and refers to the 24-hour period of 16th June 1904 in which Ulysses is set. The book follows the wanderings of Bloom, a Jewish everyman, and Stephen Dedalus, a young writer and Joyce’s alter ego, as they wander the streets of Dublin.

Join us for a taste of Ulysses, in small bites. This year’s reading features Chapter 8, “Lestrygonians”, and Chapter 9, “Scylla and Charybdis”. In the book, both chapters take place in the early afternoon.

We pick up where we left off last year in the middle of Chapter 8, as Leopold Bloom is searching for lunch. He enters Davy Byrne’s peaceful pub, gaining respite from the hubbub of Dublin. Joyce, as ever, is preoccupied with “the significance of trivial things”, through which we learn more about Bloom’s past and how others see him.

In Chapter 9, Stephen Dedalus is holding forth in the National Library of Ireland, giving the performance of his life to an audience of Irish writers and scholars who were part of the Irish Literary Revival of the early 20th century. Stephen is an outsider, desperately trying to assert himself in front of these gatekeepers of Irish culture. He shares his elaborate theories on the life of Shakespeare, why the bard left his second-best bed to his widow, Anne Hathaway, and the fatherlessness of Hamlet.

The Wild Geese Players of Seattle have presented staged readings of Irish literature by writers such as James Joyce and W.B. Yeats 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. We believe that poetry and certain novels are best read aloud, that some words are better heard than read.

For more information, visit the Wild Geese Players’ website www.WildGeeseSeattle.org, like our Facebook group, or follow @WildGeeseSea on Twitter.

Follow-up contacts:
George Reilly, Director,  WildGeeseSeattle@gmail.com
Claudia Finn, CFinnSeattle@gmail.com

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Apr 30, 2017

The Other Bloomsday - Seattle 2017

Aeolus/Lestrygonians Poster

The Wild Geese Players of Seattle will present a staged reading of Chapter 7, “Aeolus”, and the first half of Chapter 8, “Lestrygonians”, adapted from the 1922 edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses, on June 16th, 2017.

Our annual Bloomsday readings started in 1998. After concluding Ulysses in 2013, we started afresh three year ago. This year, we’re reading Chapter 7, “Aeolus”, and the first half of Chapter 8, “Lestrygonians”.

Chapter 7: Aeolus

Chapter 7 “Aeolus” begins at noon in the Freeman Journal‘s newspaper offices, where Bloom is working on an advertisement. Throughout the episode, Joyce parodies newspaper headlines of the day, which also break the chapter into segments. The chapter refers to the Odyssey when Aeolus, the ruler of the winds, seals up all ill winds in a bag for Odysseus, to contain them and ensure a smooth journey home. But when a curious crew member opens the bag, the ill winds escape and blow the ship back to Aeolus.

Chapter 8: Lestrygonians

Chapter 8 “Lestrygonians” begins at 1 PM. As lunchtime approaches, Leopold Bloom is getting hungry, and as he makes his way through the center of Dublin, his thoughts drift towards food. The chapter is full of references to food, many of them alluding to disgusting eating practices. The chapter is inspired by Homer’s depiction of the Lestrygonians, a giant, cannibalistic tribe who devoured many of Odysseus’s men.

Reading at the Seattle Folio

The reading will take place:

7:30pm–10pm on Friday, June 16th, 2017,
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum,
314 Marion St,
Seattle, WA 98104


  • There will be a \$10 admission charge (\$5 for Folio members).
  • The reading will take about 2 hours 20 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission, and should conclude before 10pm.
  • Parking is available nearby.
  • Be sure to use parking that is open until 10pm.

Please RSVP to the Facebook event.


We encourage you to download Leon Mattigosh’s Aeolus/Lestrygonians poster (PDF, 116KB) and post it around town.

Press Release

This is our twentieth year of Bloomsday readings. (Press Release).


Aeolus (Chapter 7)

Lestrygonians (Chapter 8)


Other Wild Geese Events

See our archives for details of our previous readings.

Kirkland Bloomsday, June 10th

Kirkland Bloomsday,
Saturday, June 10th, 2017
Book Tree,
609 Market St,
Kirland, WA 98033.

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