Join the re-joyce-ing at the 5th Annual Bloomsday Portland celebration, June 11-16, honoring James Joyce's epic novel Ulysses. This year, we're also marking the 100th anniversary of the publication of Joyce's short story collection Dubliners. It's fun and it's free!
Wednesday, June 11
Ulysses for Beginners, AIRE's rollicking performance piece, uses scenes, songs, and humor to explain the story line of Ulysses in one hour.
7:30 p.m., Bull Feeney's Pub, 375 Fore Street
Thursday June 12
The Dead, a screening of John Huston's masterful 1987 film of Joyce's short story from Dubliners. 6:30 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Room 5
Saturday, June 14
Tea and Trivia kicks off the Bloomsday Walk with a Joycean trivia contest, music, and refreshments.
11:00 a.m., Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray Street
Poldy's Perambulation is a Bloomsday Walk from the Maine Irish Heritage Center to various spots in downtown Portland, including pubs, bookstores, and the Portland Public Library, with excerpts from Ulysses read by AIRE actors at each location. Costumes encouraged!
Noon-4:00 pm., Downtown Portland
Monday, June 16
Readings from Dubliners and Music by Castlebay. To mark the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce's short story collection Dubliners, AIRE actors and Joyce lovers will read from the stories and the noted Celtic music duo Castlebay will perform.
7:30 p.m., Maine Irish Heritage Center