On this day…17 June

On 17 June 1918 Nora Barnacle performed in Synge’s Riders to the Sea. Synge’s play was one of three one-act plays performed by the English Players at the Pfauen Theater in Zurich on 17 June 1918. Nora played the role of Cathleen and was later photographed in the costume she wore. To follow the success […]

On this day…16 December

On 16 December 1912 Joyce wrote to Yeats about The Countess Cathleen. One of Joyce’s students, Nicolò Vidacovich, had made an Italian translation of part WB Yeats’ play The Countess Cathleen, but Yeats did not want it published. Joyce wrote a number of letters to Yeats trying to persuade him to allow Vidacovich’s translation to […]

On this day…3 November

On 3 November 1902 Joyce was invited to dine with Yeats and Lady Gregory. The invitation came from WB Yeats, then staying at the Nassau Hotel on South Frederick Street, asking if Joyce would join him and his father for dinner with Lady Gregory at the hotel the following evening at 6.45. It is a […]

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…14 August

On 14 August 1904 Joyce got the proofs of ‘The Holy Office from the printer.’ Joyce wrote his satirical poem ‘The Holy Office’ at the beginning of August 1904.  He submitted it to his friend Constantine Curran for publication in St Stephen’s, the student magazine of University College Dublin. On 8 August Curran rejected the […]