Today is Bloomsday

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Bloomsday is an annual event, observed on 16th June, which celebrates the life ofIrish author, James Joyce and in particular to re-enact/relive the events in his novel Ulysses which documents one day in Dublin in 1904. Bloomsday takes its name from the main character of Ulysses, Leopold Bloom.Bloomsday is celebrated all over the world.

In Dublin the James Joyce Centre in North Great George’s Street hosts a range of activities including Ulysses readings and dramatisations of the novel and pub crawls. Enthusiasts often dress in Edwardian costume and retrace Bloom’s route around Dublin. Hard-core devotees have even been known to hold marathon readings of the entire novel, some lasting up to 36 hours.

In Sydney Fecundity, Profanity and the Eternal Imagination: Stephen Dedalus at Holles Street Maternity Hospital Dublin is the theme of this year’s Bloomsday celebrations. Doctors, scientists, professors, clerics, midwifes, actors and singers will meet at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital at 6.30pm tonight to read and discuss the episode in Ulysses set in Holles Street Maternity Hospital. Find out more here.

Read more about the whole phenomenon in these Wikipedia entries for James Joyce, Ulysses and Bloomsday.

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