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Telmetale Bloomnibus, the e-book, streaming live around the world!`

ulyssesTo celebrate Bloomsday we asked 18 writers to bring Ulysses into the 21st Century. As Joyce once took inspiration from the texts of Homer, the writers have taken the 18 episodes or chapters from Ulysses and transported them to modern Dublin. They have each written a story inspired by a title from Ulysses and will perform them in the Irish Writers’ Centre on the 14th of June. Stories will be told through prose, poetry and song. The only rule we gave the writers is that the stories cannot mention Ulysses, The Odyssey or Joyce (though inspiration from the texts is allowed).  The stories are all original pieces of work set in contemporary Dublin. Guided by love, lust, alcohol, drugs and ever present moons, our heros and heroines battle scangie-gangies in Adidas, hooded drug pushers, administrators, chauvinist school principles, tourists, junkies, priests, giant cannibals and catholic computers. Pissheads riding the storm. We wake up handcuffed to beds, sanitary towels on the kitchen table; we encounter a Dublin where stealing laptops is the new stealing bread. A Telmetale Bloomnibus embraces both the beautiful and the obscene.


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When Joyce first started writing Ulysses 99 years ago the landscape of the city was very different from today. Globalisation, technology, independence, women’s rights, church scandals, Starbucks, Ryanair, Google and other such things have, in many ways, created a new city. But with all of these changes one thing has remained constant, high quality writers are constantly emerging. Writers that burst boundaries, challenge our perception. A Telmetale Bloomnibus celebrates Joyce by showcasing some of these writers and captures the modern landscape.

A Dublin of: HIV, Hep C, KFC, Twitter, Facebook, The Late Late, Dr Quirkey’s Good Time Emporium, the Pantibar, the millennium spire, Madigans, The Gathering and Viking Splash Tours.

You can buy the e-book by clicking on the pic, and you can watch the event streamed ‘live’ thanks to our partners at Breac via this link from 7pm tonight.

Line-up in order of appearance:

Pat Boran, Colm Keegan, Jane Clarke, Niamh Boyce, June Caldwell, Steven Clifford, Christodoulos Makris, Jude Shiels, Jack Harte, Maire T Robinson, Emer Martin, Niamh Parkinson, Deirdre Sullivan, Graham Tugwell, Alan Jude Moore, Oran Ryan, Doodle Kennelly, Nuala Ní Chonchuir.

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Benefit Readings at The Irish Writers’ Centre

We are delighted to announce our upcoming series of benefit readings by leading writers. All proceeds will go towards The Irish Writers’ Centre. There will be three readings in Irish hosted by Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and three in English hosted by John F Deane. All readings will start at 7.30 pm.

Thursday 8th October – Irish
Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Pádraig Ó Snodaigh, Aifric Mac Aodha

Thursday 22nd October – English
Gerard Smyth, Claire Kilroy, Padraig J Daly

Thursday 5th November – Irish
Gabriel Rosenstock, Paddy Bushe, Seán Mac Mathúna

Thursday 19th November – English Gala Reading*
Seamus Heaney, John Banville

Thursday 3rd December – Irish
Áine Ní Ghlinn, Gréagóir Ó Dúill, Celia de Fréine

Thursday 10th December – English
Peter Sirr, Enda Wylie, Hugo Hamilton

To Reserve Seats -
By phone:(01)8721302
In person: Between 10.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Saturday – 19 Parnell Square, D1.

Each reading is €10, except the *Gala Reading on 19 November, which is €50.

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