On this day…8 May

On 8 May 1899 Joyce attended the first performance of WB Yeats’ play The Countess Cathleen. The first performance of Yeats’ play The Countess Cathleen took place in the Antient Concert Rooms on Brunswick Street on 8 May 1899. Florence Farr played the part of the poet Aleel, May Whitty played the Countess, and Anna […]

On this day…20 December

On 20 December 1909 the Volta cinema opened. The Volta Cinema, Dublin, opened on Monday 20 December 1909 to a select audience, and opened to the general public the following day. It was the first dedicated cinema in Dublin. Up to 1909, films had only been seen in Dublin as part of variety performances in […]

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…17 November

On 17 November 1909 Joyce wired money urgently to his brother in Trieste. Joyce had arrived in Dublin at the end of October 1909 to set up the Volta Cinema, but had neglected to pay the rent on his flat at the Via Vincenzo Scussa in Trieste where they’d been living since March 1909. Joyce’s […]

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. […]