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The Cat and the Devil

18 and 19 June 2022, | 2pm | Free Admission – Booking Essential

James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s St., Dublin 2

Do you know the story about the cat of Beaugency?

The James Joyce Centre and Little Island Books are excited to invite you to a very special storytime event! Even the youngest new Joyce fans can participate in the Bloomsday fun and celebrations as Joyce’s charming children’s story The Cat and the Devil is brought to life. Step into the Joyce Centre’s stunning Georgian townhouse venue for an exciting family event.

The people of the French town of Beaugency, a tiny town on the bank of the Loire, are weary. They have no bridge, and so must travel by boat every time they want to cross the river. When the Devil (who looks suspiciously like James Joyce) appears in Beaugency, offering to build a bridge for the people himself, the Lord Mayor finds that his offer comes at a high price: the soul of the first person to cross the bridge. Can the Lord Mayor outsmart the Devil himself?

About the Book

Originally written as a letter to Joyce’s grandson Stephen, The Cat and the Devil has lately been made available for young readers after a prolonged period out of print. With gorgeous illustrations by Brazilian artist Lelis, Little Island made this children’s story by Ireland’s greatest author available once more in 2021, for children and for Joyce enthusiasts of all ages.


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