Bloomsday to be Celebrated on Bondi Beach
Australian Joyce enthusiasts will be happy to hear that Bloomsday celebrations are coming to Bondi Beach for the first time this year. On Saturday, June 16, the Bondi Pavillion will play host to the time honored tradition of celebrating Joyce’s modern classic Ulysses. More details on the event can be found on the Bloomsday on Bondi Facebook page.
According to the organizers, the Bloomsday activities at Bondi will include readings from Ulysses as well as a celebration of all things Joyce:
Bloomsday on Bondi will present selected readings from Ulysses, commencing with Buck Mulligan’s caustic wit and concluding with Molly Bloom’s climactic monologue on sex, frilly underwear and the man we call Bloom.
From Bloomsday on Bondi
The first Bloomsday celebrations took place in Dublin on June 16, 1954, exactly 50 years to the day that Ulysses is set. The day is a celebration of Leopold Bloom and other characters from Joyce’s 1922 novel Ulysses.
Bloomsday is now marked around the globe to celebrate the literary great and his iconic novel. The photo below shows the first Bloomsday on Sandymount Beach in 1954. In the photo are writer Flann O’Brien, poet Patrick Kavanagh, businessman John Ryan, Tom Joyce (a cousin of James) and critic Anthony Cronin.