On this day…20 February

On 20 February 1956 James Cousins died in India. James Henry Cousins (1873-1956) was born in Belfast and moved to Dublin in 1897 where he became involved in the literary circle that included WB Yeats, George Russell, and James Joyce. Cousins wrote poetry and plays, and even acted (under the name H Sproule) in the […]

On this day…19 February

On 19 February 1933 Amalia Risolo requested permission to translate stories from Dubliners. Even before February 1933, Amalia Risolo (nee Popper) had been publishing translations of stories from Dubliners. Her translation of ‘A Little Cloud’ (under the title ‘Una Nuvoletta’) appeared on 10 October 1929 in Il Piccolo della Sera, the newspaper formerly edited by […]

On this day…29 November

By 29 November 1907 Joyce had finished revising first chapter of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Joyce had been working on an autobiographical novel well before leaving Dublin, but in autumn 1907 he began to rework what he had already written into what was to become A Portrait of the Artist […]

'The Dead' at the Abbey Theatre, 5 December – 19 January

Recognised as a masterpiece of the short story form, James Joyce’s  ‘The Dead’ is to be dramatised for the Abbey stage by one of Ireland’s most important playwrights, Frank McGuinness. The year is 1904 in the city of Dublin. Gretta and Gabriel Conroy attend the Morkan Sisters annual dinner on the Feast of the Epiphany […]