Some highlights from the Joyce community this March…


Professor Michael Groden Lecture on 6th May – CHANGE OF TIME

PLEASE NOTE: The Monday 6th May lecture here at the Centre by Professor Michael Groden will now take place at 5.30pm rather than at the original time of 6.30pm.

The next speaker in our Winter/Spring Lecture Series will be Dr Luca Crispi (UCD). He will deliver his talk  Molly’s Lovers on Monday 8th April at 6.30pm. There are still a few places available so please make sure to secure your seat by calling 01-8788547 or emailing [email protected]. As always our talks are free.


Joyce Tulip Portrait in Bloom at the National Botanic Gardens; Special Lectures Taking Place

Ireland’s very first tulip portrait is coming into bloom this spring and can be viewed at the wonderful Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. The portrait of Joyce measures some six meters across and is the result of Dutch-Irish horticultural cooperation with support from the Dutch Embassy, the Botanic Gardens and the James Joyce Centre.

To mark the occasion a series of lectures will take place at the Gardens beginning with the talk The Right to Culture – Why did James Joyce choose exile? by the Dutch Human Rights Ambassador Lionel Veer at 3pm on Tuesday 19th March 2013.

This will be followed with the lecture Language of Flowers: Joyce in Bloom by the Centre’s Research Scholar Terence Killeen at 2.30pm on Tuesday 26th March 2013.

These lectures are free. Please email [email protected] to reserve your place. For more information call +353 12693444 (ext 209) or visit


Dubliners CD Launch, Thursday 14th March

Wonderland Productions will launch their CD recording of Joyce’s Dubliners from 6pm on Thursday 14th March in the fine Georgian surroundings of the Cobalt Cafe, 16 North Great Georges St, Dublin 1.

The CD comprises of ten of Joyce’s classic stories from Dubliners, told and performed by 22 Irish actors, led by the celebrated Joycean actor Barry McGovern.

Wine and nibbles will be served, actors will read extracts from Dubliners and the renowned Joycean tenor Noel O’Grady ( will sing some songs from Joyce.

To reserve your place please email [email protected]


Songs of Joyce European Tour

Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher are going through Europe this Spring with their performance Songs of Joyce. They kicked off on March 4th in Norway and will conclude their tour in Portugal at the end of April. Click hereto see the tour schedule.


New Translations of Joyce

We were just as surprised as everyone to hear the recent Joyce news from China. Dai Congrong’s translation of Finnegans Wake became a bestseller! Click here for the full article in The Guardian.

Another Joyce translation to hit the shelves recently was that of Armagan Ekici who has translated Ulysses into his native Turkish. The last Turkish translation of Joyce was published in 1994. This new edition was edited by Gulden Hatipoglu, a Joyce academic who has also translated The Dalkey Archive and The Third Policeman. You can find more information about the translation (in Turkish!) here. Armagan was good enough to translate the blurb from the site for us:

“This new translation aims to do justice to Joyce’s humour, his unpretentiousness and the music of his language; to translate the myriad colloquialisms and idioms in the book as correctly as possible with the help of the massive store of knowledge on Ulysses; and to preserve the distance between Joyce’s language and standard English in Turkish. It aims to dent the largely unjustified reputation of Ulysses being a difficult, unreadable and cold book.”

Congratulations Armagan and Gulden!