The annual Bloomsday Festival  runs until June 16th in a six-day celebration of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses.

Over 150 cyclists took to the streets of Dublin on Friday dressed in full Edwardian garb and boater hats for the annual Bloomsday Bike Rally. The cycl(...)

Les Doherty as Leopold Bloom in the  James Joyce Centre on North Great George’s Street during  Bloomsday celebrations in 2008. Belinda McKeon is sceptical about Bloomsday: “It’s an invented holiday. Just like on other holidays, writers are more likely to be actually writing, or worrying about something they’re meant to have finished writing, than larking about in hats, eating gorgonzola or whatever it is.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sixty-one years after the first official Bloomsday celebration, events taking place across the city this week show a vibrant and evolving Irish lit(...)

Scholar Terence Killeen said: ‘Although Joyce (pictured above) may have toyed with the name Finn’s Hotel as a possible title for the final work, there is no evidence that he ever envisaged these pieces as a separate publication, and his intentions should surely be respected by any serious scholar.’ Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The publication of a collection of 10 works by James Joyce by a small Dublin publisher some 90 years after they were penned has divided Joyce schol(...)

Graham Wilkinson and Paul Kennedy participate in the 20th annual Brennan’s bread Bloomsday messenger bike rally in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

At some time in the last couple of decades Bloomsday became a prescribed date in the annual calendar, its arrival inexorable as that of Christmas Day.(...)

Bob Joyce, a grand-nephew of James Joyce, (left, with David Norris) has written a foreword to a new edition of Ulysses that uses the text of the first general Dublin edition of the work. Photograph: Frank Miller

One of the books on Leopold Bloom’s shelves, in Ulysses, is called In the Track of the Sun. Early on in Ulysses, Bloom reflects on what it would be li(...)

Rubbing James Joyce’s relic

You never know what you’re going to meet when you’re out without your gun. So it was when, in Manhattan a few years ago, I met Fred Seiden and his (...)

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“I felt that I had been very far away, in some land where the customs were strange – in Persia, I thought . . .”The SistersI’m standing in the middle (...)