➤ If it’s June 16, it’s Bloomsday in Dublin, again

➢ From 09:10 BST, Saturday June 16 … ending at midnight
Radio 4’s day-long real-time dramatisation of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses begins with Stephen Rea narrating and Mark Lawson commentating live from Dublin — “Stately, plump Buck Mulligan” calls Stephen Dedalus to the top of the Martello tower overlooking Dublin Bay, and so begins James Joyce’s celebrated account of June 16, 1904.

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Bloomsday in Dublin: walks, recreations of Ulysses and dramatic readings celebrate Leopold Bloom’s odyssey through the city on a single day in 1904

➢ Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the defining novel of modernism, James Joyce’s Ulysses, in Radio 4’s In Our Time, June 14

➢ 1904, The day Nora made a man of Joyce — background to Bloomsday

James Joyce, Nora Barnacle

Joyce and Nora in later years … Ulysses ends with Molly Bloom’s words: “I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes”

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