Bloomsday 2018

Thurs 14 June: Pre-Bloomsday readings at Five Leaves Bookshop.
7pm – 8.30pm. £3, including refreshments.
Free if you dress in Edwardian costume (as readers will). 
Live Irish music from Ruadh Duggan of Nottingham Comhaltas.
Brian McCormack and Deirdre O’Byrne read some extracts from the works of James Joyce, in honour of Bloomsday, 16 June 1094, the day on which he set Ulysses, his most famous work. Joyce chose that date to commemorate the date of his first romantic assignment with his life partner, Nora Barnacle.

Here’s a link to an excellent audio recording of Ulysses, complete, by Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ). Treat yourself – Joyce’s words are a joy to listen to. 
https://archive.org/details/Ulysses-Audiobook


Sat 16 June: Happy Bloomsday!
Some NISG members journeyed to Northampton for a short play, Letters to Lucia, written by Richard Rose and James Vollmar. It was performed outdoors at 2.30pm, at Kingsthorpe Cemetery, Northampton, where Lucia, daughter of James Joyce, is buried.

This was a Triskellion Theatre Company production.
Deirdre O’Byrne (of Notts Irish Studies Group) played the part of Nora Barnacle Joyce, the writer’s lifetime partner.
The performance had an enthusiastic audience, including Irish Embassy 
First Secretary (Irish Community & Cultural) Mr Ruaidhri Dowling.



Sat 30 June: Recent Irish writing, Lowdham Book Festival
As is now traditional, the famous Lowdham Last Saturday was free all day. Deirdre O’Byrne of Loughborough University presented a talk on the new Irish writers: focusing mostly on the women, including Sally Rooney, Sara Baume, Louise O’Neill, and Eimear McBride, who have made a stir on the 21st-century literary scene.

 

Past events

On the road:

  • On Wed 5 October 2016, Deirdre O’Byrne gave a talk on Irish Halloween customs, using some Irish fiction (eg Joyce’s short story ‘Clay’ from Dubliners) as a basis for the discussion. Hosted by Birmingham Irish Heritage Group, Birmingham Irish Centre, 7pm. The story of ‘Jack o’ Lantern and the Devil’ went down well.
  • Friday 21 Oct, 10.15 – 10.45am, we did Irish Storytelling in Charnwood Museum, Loughborough, as part of Loogabarooga Festival.
    • Sat 29 Oct 2016, 7-9pm:
      More Irish Storytelling, this time at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall, Gooding Avenue, Braunstone, Leicester LE3 1JS, 7 – 9pm.
      £5 admission, includes refreshments during break. Children free. Tickets available from Priest’s House, Gooding Ave; tel 0116 2858795. Tickets can be collected on door on the night.
      http://www.eventsinuk.net/event-children-of-lir-other-stories-leicester-1206506
      Check out the Facebook event:
      https://www.facebook.com/events/310937585949207/
      All welcome.
      Deirdre told some traditional Irish legends, and given the time of the year, shed some light on some spooky Halloween customs in Ireland.
      Do you know the Irish origins of Trick or Treat and the Pumpkin Lantern?

 

Other News / Nuacht Eile

NISG are proud to have received many invitations from groups and organisations to participate in events in both Ireland and Britain over the past few years. As you’ll see if you click on the ‘Diary’ buttons above, we’ve worked in Britain with Beeston Library, Beeston Poets, Birmingham Irish Heritage Group, Bromley House LibraryCrawley Irish Festival, Curve Theatre (Leicester), Five Leaves Bookshop, Loughborough University,  Mansfield and Dukeries Irish Association, Nottingham St Patrick’s Festival and Parade, St Anthony’s School (Solihull) and Stanza Poetry Group.

In Ireland we’ve worked with Courthouse Arts Centre (Tinahely, Co Wicklow), Tullow & Carlow Libraries,  History Festival of Ireland, and The International Pan-Celtic Festival

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