Current Exhibitions

The Ulysses Haiku Project at the James Joyce Centre
The Ulysses Haiku Project

Ulysses Haiku Project – Curated by Nickie Hayden

While wandering through the heart of the Hibernian metropolis, Leopold Bloom muses: 

The hungry famished gull 
Flaps o’er the waters dull.  
That is how poets write, the similar sounds. But then Shakespeare has no rhymes: blank verse. The flow of the language it is. The thoughts. Solemn. 

Ulysses, James Joyce

The Ulysses Haiku Project sees poets and people expressing their experience of James Joyce’s Ulysses and Bloomsday through Haiku. In the words of the artist, Nickie Hayden: 

Ulysses was written in such a way that the classically educated person could relish every coded morsel. However, Joyce gave equal weight to the Dublin vernacular. The book delivers a multitude of voices to be interpreted on many levels. I created the Ulysses Haiku Project to collect poems from people from every walk of life. I chose Haiku because every line in Ulysses has the same kind of richness that is carried in each line of a Haiku.” 

The Ulysses Haiku Project bronze plaques

Nickie Hayden has been a practising artist for 30 years and works in oil painting, sculpture and installation. Nickie has been a director of two Dublin print studios and was on the steering committee of two major exhibitions; Revelations at the National Gallery, and Artist Proof at the Chester Beatty Library. In recent exhibitions she has worked with groups such as with SAOL Project, Fighting Words and The Dyslexia Association of Ireland. 

This exhibition will grow in the lead up to the Bloomsday Festival in June. If you would like to submit a Haiku please email it to with “Haiku” in the subject heading.  

With thanks to Robert Russell, Paula Meehan, Theo Dorgan and Rachel Hegarty and all those who created Haiku for this project. With special thanks to the Olivier Cornet Gallery, where this exhibition was first shown. 

The Exhibition launches at The James Joyce Centre on Joyce’s birthday, Saturday, 2 February 2019, 2pm. Tickets are free, but booking is required here.


While attempting to secure the publication of his short story collection Dubliners in 1906, Joyce wrote a series of letters to London publisher Grant Richards in which he justified the content and structure of his work. In one of these letters, he explained to Richards that the stories presented Dublin life as he saw it under four of its different aspects – childhood, adolescence, maturity and public life – and that the stories were arranged in this order. This exhibition of paintings by Frank Kiely is inspired by the childhood and adolescence sections of the collection, reimagining scenes from the stories in a contemporary setting and probing key themes that remain relevant today; individualism and community, repression and obligation, love and grief.

The ecstatic joy of driving in a sports car in plain view of all, feeling on top of the world. A first crush on the girl next door and its consequences. Broken hearts from meeting invisible boundaries of conventional society. And the darker themes of nefarious intent and facing ones dark curiosity. They are all stories about growing up, and every picture is a vignette of a young person faced with the realities of life. As a whole, Kiely’s bright and inventive paintings evoke the hidden meaning and claustrophobia of Joyce’s classic stories.

Frank Kiely studied at the Royal College of Art graduating in 2002. His exhibition ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ ran at the James Joyce Centre in 2017.

The exhibition runs at the James Joyce Centre during opening hours until May 2019