On 2 February 1882, in the Dublin suburb of Rathgar, a son was given unto John and May Joyce. James Joyce celebrated his 40th birthday in Paris on 2 February 1922 by receiving the first printed copy of his novel Ulysses.
There are many events, books, and articles marking the centenary of the publication of Ulysses.
- Shakespeare and Company are creating an ensemble celebrity reading that will be released as a podcast from 2 February to 16 June.
- Cambridge University Press have created the U22 podcast.
- Daniel Mulhall, the Irish ambassador to the US, just published Ulysses: a Reader’s Odyssey, as well as an opinion piece on Bloom as an ambassador for our day.
- James Joyce’s Dublin, A Topographical Guide to the Dublin of Ulysses has been released as a non-profit PDF.
- Anne Enright considers Ulysses to be dangerous, voyeuristic, transgressive, exciting.
- The Museum of Literature Ireland has developed the Ulysses100 digital platform.
- The Irish Times’ take on the centenary.
The Wild Geese Players of Seattle are sitting out this week’s events, but we’ll be back in June for a Bloomsday reading.