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We have a day long celebration of James Joyce’s iconic novel ‘Ulysses’ and its leading character, Leopold Bloom. Starting with breakfast, we then take a walk to Joyce’s London home followed by a screening of Irish Director Pat Murphy’s film ‘Nora’ exploring the relationship between the writer and his wife, Nora Barnacle.
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A LONDON BLOOMSDAY WALK
Irish poet Niall McDevitt proves that you don’t need to be in Dublin to do a Bloomsday walk. He will tell the story of James Joyce’s belated marriage to Nora Barnacle in 1931 at Kensington Registry Office, as well as Joyce’s friendships with fellow modernists Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Ford Madox Ford and Wyndham Lewis. McDevitt illuminates Joyce studies in a unique way, celebrating a great book and a great relationship.
12 noon at High Street Kensington tube station. Meet near barrier. The walk will take two hours and finish at the starting point.
Evening: Film screening of Nora dir. Pat Murphy
It is love at first sight when raffish young writer James Joyce (Ewan McGregor) meets the simple barmaid Nora Barnacle (Susan Lynch) for the first time. The couple leave Ireland and set up home in Trieste where their passionate and tempestuous life together begins. Joyce is tormented by a fear that his work will never be published, but, Nora’s simplicity and humor anchor his instability and the couple’s relationship is bonded by a direct, deep sexual love.
This screening is presented in association with IFI International, with the support of Culture Ireland, and Arts Council Ireland.