Bloomsday June 16th 2013

Come join Maria D’Arcy, Sheldon Forest and friends in Lionel Bloom’s Swan Bar at 165 boulevard Montparnasse for

A celebration of James Joyce

and his most famous literary work, 4–6 pm Sunday readings,
Irish sing-along and a spot of ceili dancing.

Why not follow the Dublin tradition and buy yourself a bowler or a straw hat at a thrift shop and pull it out every June 16th as do the aficionados in Dublin, to get into the spirit of the epoch? (Treasures to be found in Paris at the below addresses).

Please get back to me directly if you wish/dare to participate rather than spectate. I will bring extracts from the book and song lyrics to share out, though it’d be wonderful if you chose your three-minute performance contribution in advance.

Gerty MacDowell’s fireworks scene promises to be more orgasmic than ever!

June 16th 1904 is the date that James Joyce met the love of his life Nora Barnacle and so significant was it that the whole of “Ulysses” takes place on that long pivotal day.

Molly Bloom has an erotic rendezvous with Blaze’s Boylan at 4:00 pm, while Leopold Bloom buys a book that he hopes will win her back, “Sweets of Sin.” Four o’clock in the afternoon is also the traditional hour when for decades Dubliners rush to The Ormond Hotel to share Joycean mirth.

Cover: 3 euros.
Contact: Maria D’Arcy at
Hats etc: Carnaval des Affaires, 30 boulevard Poissonière 75009;
Naila B, 31 rue du Faubourg Montmartre 75009;
bowler for €4.50, straw hat for €10.
Swan Bar: 165, boulevard Montparnasse 75006; RER B, Port Royal/Métro Raspail; view map.
Download: the poster for this event.
Return: to the rest of Maria’s web site.