On 14th June, visitors prepared for Bloomsday with Dubliner and Joycean scholar Caroline Elbay and street carnival fan Maite López from At it Again! where they were taken on a whistle stop ride through the 18 episodes of Ulysses and learned about Joyce’s life and times. They discovered the origins of Bloomsday and heard stories about Dublin, its characters and buildings, that sit at the heart of Joyce’s writings. Visitors discovered the significance of style and dress in Ulysses, and met some of the colourful characters that pepper its pages.
Joyce’s epic book has a reputation for being inaccessible and difficult, but ‘Ulysses for All’ helped show that this perception is far from true. Ulysses, while challenging, is full of humour, insight and beauty.