James Joyce: time to yet again celebrate Joyce’s transfiguration of the commonplace into art. Photograph: Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images

Ulysses, written by James Joyce – one of Ireland’s most cantankerous exiles – is very funny, organic, lively and grows on rereading. The more snobbis(...)

John Shevlin dressed as James Joyce at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, in 2012. Photograph:   Bryan O’Brien

Leopold Bloom – possibly one of the most endearing and likeable Everyman figures in literature “A very embarrassing book. No one likes his priv(...)

Craftsmen were busy in 1868 constructing a pair of villas: Somerton and Medina on Terenure Road West. Medina is immortalised in James Joyce’s Ulyss(...)

‘I never read as much of James Joyce’s work as I pretended to, and one night in bed a woman caught me out.’ Photograph: C Ruf/Archive Photos/Getty

I was in a chip shop in Belmullet talking to a beautiful woman and it was almost midnight. Apart from the two men with white hats behind the counte(...)

Joseph O’Connor: his advice  to an aspiring author? “Read Orwell. And get a job.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Joseph O’Connor is the author of eight novels: Cowboys and Indians (short-listed for the Whitbread Prize), Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, St(...)

A friend of Eileen Colgan’s reached for Maisie Madigan in Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock (...)

Suzanne Vega, a former English major, has often been inspired by literature, not least in her song Calypso, which she included in her set at the Olympia.

The classics weave themselves into the cultural fabric of each generation. Last month the New York singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega played a rare(...)

Buddhist monks attend the blessing, by the Dalai Lama, of a new Buddhist temple  in  Paris. Photograph: Reuters

Five years ago I was asked to write a chapter about the Buddhist community for a book on Ireland’s different religions. The book never materialised(...)

Eilin O'Dea as Molly Bloom from From James Joyce’s Ulysses
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  Monday: Night Light This earnest new play from Wishful Thinking is a devised experience of childhood memory, built by a company of (...)

Master printer Sean Sills (left), technical officer at NCAD’s Distillers Press, and letterpress printer and book designer Jamie Murphy inspect antique wooden type on an Adwest flat-bed printing press. Murphy is seeking funding for The Works of Master Poldy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

US-based James Joyce fanatic Steve Cole once celebrated Bloomsday by tweeting Ulysses (...)