James Joyce (1882-1941) was an Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher and literary critic. He is regarded as one of the most influential and important authors of the 20th Century. He is best known for his novel Ulysses (first published in 1922) – a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer’s Odyssey are paralleled in a variety of literary styles – most famously – stream-of-consciousness.
Join Lucy Brennan Shiel for a relaxed and engaging introduction to this important work. Lucy will share her trials and tribulations with reading this difficult and challenging novel and open a conversation to help understand its context and relevance today.
I have been exploring James Joyce’s Ulysses as part of my creative practice for a number of years. I am inspired by its experimentation, universality, immense positivity and generosity. I believe that Ulysses is best explored and enjoyed by reading it aloud in a friendly gathering and I'm passionate about sharing its magic.
I have been running a Ulysses reading group in Hastings since 2017 and organised Bloomsday in Hastings and a Ulysses 100 Centenary in Eastbourne on 2.2.2022.
Bloomsday commemorates the 16th June 1904 – the day on which the events of James Joyce’s Ulysses take place in Dublin.
At the beginning of 2020 I ran a series of introductory Ulysses reading workshops in Eastbourne. Due to Covid-19 we are still going strong online and are due to finish Ulyssses in time for the centenary Bloomsday in June 2022. Contact me for details.
I was invited to do a PetchaKucha* presentation at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, to celebrate International Women’s day.
I shared my passion for James Joyce’s modernist novel Ulysses, and my heartfelt appreciation of Joyce’s wife Nora Barnacle for her part in the making of the man and this seminal text. My presentation was a celebration of the women behind James Joyce’s Ulysses – most notably Nora Barnacle, Harriet Shaw Weaver and Sylvia Beach.
* PechaKucha is a storytelling format where a presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds of commentary each (6 minutes and 40 seconds total). At a PechaKucha Night, individuals gather at a venue to share personal presentations about their work.