London-based, Dublin-raised, Irish-Nigerian author, academic and broadcaster Emma Dabiri this week led a virtual Bloomsday (16 June) celebration of James Joyce and Ulysses for the Embassy of Ireland.
Her two recent books on race and inequality, Don’t Touch My Hair (2019) and What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition have enjoyed singular success.
Ms Dabiri led a discussion of Joyce’s life and works, including Ulysses (published 1922) which records the events of a single day in Dublin, 16 June 1904, in the lives of Stephen Dedalus, Leopold Bloom and his wife Molly.
Actors Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty), Denise Gough, Caoimhe O’Malley and Niall Buggy performed readings by, or about, Joyce.
There was also a performance by tenor Eamonn Mulhall and remarks by Ireland’s Ambassador Adrian O’Neill.
The event, which suffered technical hiccoughs, started on-line at 8:00 on Wednesday but had to be paused and resumed midday here.
The Embassy of Ireland is offering Irish World readers a chance to take part in the global ‘Bloomsday Giveaway’ with copies of James Joyce’s works being made available to people around the world.
In association with the Embassy of Ireland, the Irish World is taking part in a Bloomsday book giveaway.
- To get a copy of Ulysses, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Dubliners or Finnegan’s Wake write in to us – by post or email – with the names of the three central characters in Ulysses and the date on which it is set. Write to us with your details by email putting Bloomsday Giveaway in the subject line or send your details to Bloomsday Giveaway, The Irish World, 934 North Circular Road, NW2 7JR.