Friday, June 10, 2011


Now here's a novel way of celebrating Bloomsday and in a setting which has recently been in the news.

Nice to see Kieran Furey who read at one of our recent Readings and Open Mics there as well. And an Open Mic included - be a part of Bloomsday yourself!

On June 16th, the Irish Writers’Centre will be celebrating Bloomsday, not with Leopold - Joyce’s great flaneur- but with Finnegan and his wake at the Garden of Remembrance. The Writers’ Centre along with Poetry Ireland will provide a varied afternoon’s entertainment between 12 noon and 3pm, mixing poetry and prose with music and song. This traditional Irish ‘wake’ will both commemorate the work of Ireland’s late, great writers and provide a platform to admire the wonderful writing being created in modern Ireland!

Celebrations will begin at twelve noon with an hour of musical entertainment from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. One o’clock will bring prose performances by Conor Kostick, June Considine, Catherine Dunne, Mia Gallagher, Mícheál O Ruairc and Declan Collinge. There will also be poetry readings by Mark Granier, Kieran Fury and Padraig J Daly among others. Each writer will read some of their own work along with that of another Irish writer that they feel influences, informs or inspires them.

Between two o’clock and half past three, there will be an open mic session, where everyone will be encouraged to add their own flavour to the day’s proceedings. It promises to be a great afternoon full of literary laughs!

For more information, please visit the Irish Writers’ Centre website.

Won't be there myself, have a date that night with Bob Dylan in Cork. Will he sing I Feel a Change Comin' On ? which has the lyrics:

I'm listening to Billy Joe Shaver
And I'm reading James Joyce
Some people they tell me
I got the blood of the land in my voice

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