On this day…11 November

On 11 November 1912 Joyce gave his first lecture on Hamlet. This was the first of twelve lectures on Hamlet that Joyce gave at the Società di Minerva in Trieste. Though the lectures have been lost, it’s likely that Joyce recycled much of the material for the ‘Scylla and Charybdis’ episode and elsewhere in Ulysses. […]

On this day…25 August

On 25 August 1909 Joyce attended the premiere of The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet. George Bernard Shaw’s play The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet had been banned in England by the Lord Chamberlain. But the Lord Chamberlain’s remit did not extend to Dublin theatres, and the Abbey Theatre agreed to stage the play. The Lord Lieutenant […]

On this day…11 August

On 11 August 1912 Joyce’s article about Galway was published in the Piccolo. The article, ‘La città delle tribù; Ricordi italiani in un porto irlandese’ (‘The City of the Tribes: Italian Memories in an Irish Port’) had been written in Italian by Joyce in Galway and sent to Il Piccolo della Sera in Trieste where […]

On this day…5 August

On 5 August 1912 Joyce went to Clifden to see Marconi. Joyce and his family were staying at Bowling Green in Galway during the summer of 1912. On Monday 5 August, Joyce cycled from Galway to Clifden in an effort to see Guglielmo Marconi, or at least to visit his wireless transmission station at Derrygimlagh […]