Wild Geese Players of Seattle

Oct 17, 2018

Sep 23, 2018

A Celebration of Irish Writers—Sun Oct 21

20th Anniversary Celebration

A Celebration of Irish Writers: An afternoon of readings from the works of W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Billy Collins, Pádraig Pearse, John McGahern, Flann O’Brien/Myles na gCopaleen, Joseph O’Connor, Roddy Doyle, Kieran O’Malley, and others, by the Wild Geese Players of Seattle.

Founded in 1998 by Kieran O’Malley, the Seattle-based Wild Geese Players have publicly read a chapter from James Joyce’s Ulysses on Bloomsday, June 16th, every year since, and proudly celebrate their 20th anniversary with this event.

The Celebration will take place on Sun, Oct 21, 2018, at 2pm at the Couth Buzzard in Seattle. The Couth Buzzard is a bookstore and gathering place for writers, and a venue for literary and musical events.

Sun, Oct 21, 2018, at 2pm
The Couth Buzzard,
8310 Greenwood Ave N,
Seattle, WA 98103

Phone: (206) 436–2960

The public is invited and there is no charge for admission. Yep, it’s FREE. The Couth Buzzard also offers a fine selection of beer, wine, and food, as well as an espresso bar.

Please RSVP at the Facebook event.


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Apr 15, 2018

The Wild Geese Players of Seattle

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. The book 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.

Bloomsday: Lestrygonians and Scylla & Charybdis Reading: June 16th, 2018

For our twentieth anniversary, we will present a staged reading of the second half of Chapter 8, “Lestrygonians” and all of Chapter 9, “Scylla and Charybdis” at the Seattle Central Library,

More about our Lestrygonians/Scylla & Charybdis Reading | Press Release.

The Players

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.

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Apr 15, 2018

Bloomsday - Seattle 2018

Our annual Bloomsday readings started in 1998. After concluding Ulysses in 2013, we started afresh four years ago. This year, we’re reading the second half of Chapter 8, “Lestrygonians”, and all of Chapter 9, “Scylla and Charybdis”.

Chapter 8.ii: Lestrygonians

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.

Chapter 9: Scylla and Charybdis

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.

Reading at the Seattle Central Library, June 16th, 2018

2:30pm on Saturday, June 16th, 2018,
The Seattle Central Library,
Level 4, Room 2 — Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room,
1000 Fourth Ave,
Seattle, WA 98104


Donations towards costs of posters and props are welcome. Please arrive before 2:30pm to find a seat. The reading will take about two hours.

Please RSVP to the Facebook event.


We encourage you to download Leon Mattigosh’s Lestrygonians/Scylla & Charybdis poster (PDF, 1MB) and post it around town.

Press Release

This is our twenty-first year of Bloomsday readings. (Press Release).


Lestrygonians (Chapter 8)

Scylla and Charybdis (Chapter 9)


Other Wild Geese Events

See our archives for details of our previous readings.

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