JOYICITY: The Festival Bloomsday Montréal Newsletter
When it was first published in 1836, The Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk caused a literary and religious storm in Montreal, and abroad. Why? Because the book was purported to be a real account of a young woman’s trials as an ‘inmate’ of Montreal’s Hôtel Dieu nunnery.read more
If I could summarise my perception of Yvonne’s life in a couple of words I would say “Absolute Contentment”.
Yvonne was born in the Diamond Mecca town of Kimberley in South Africa, and grew up in the suburbs of Johannesburg with her parents Archibald and Susan Ann, and 3 elder brothers Ronnie, Dave and Alby.
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This vegan pumpkin bread is easy to make and doesn’t require any fancy or expensive ingredients. It’s perfect served with tea or coffee and nobody will know it’s vegan, unless you tell them! For a savory version of this pumpkin bread simply omit the sugar and raisins. This bread would be a fantastic accompaniment with a seasonal soup or stew. Enjoy!read more
Does Finnegans Wake have ASMR qualities? The term “auto sensory meridian response” was coined by Jennifer Allen, a cybersecurity specialist, in a Facebook group she founded in 2010. And since the phenomenon has exploded on the internet, especially on YouTube and Facebook, you are probably already familiar with it.read more
Colum McCann is an Irish writer of literary fiction. His tales are easy to read, poetic even. Let the Great World Spin (2012) brought him international recognition and he has used his fame to create social change through storytelling. Here are ten more reasons why I recommend him.read more
In 1956 Beckett’s Waiting for Godot had its American premiere at the Coconut Grove in Miami. One of the stars of this legendary fiasco was Bert Lahr. Colleen Curran’s new comedy Godot at the Coconut Grove gives a behind the scenes look at the day of and morning after the disastrous opening night.read more
Dublin’s Abbey Theatre program, Waking the Nation, begun in 2015 to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising featured only 1 of 10 plays written by a woman, and 3 of 10 directed by women. This can be viewed as a remarkable paradox in retrospect partly given the now-documented role of women in the 1916 Rising and in the history of the Abbey Theatre founded by W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory in 1904.read more
From the moment I laid eyes on the book William Blake by Kathleen Raine I knew that I had to have it. I was immediately hooked by the artwork of Blake (1757-1827) whose images slowly revealed themselves to my mind’s eye like those cunning illusions in the Magic Eye books I so loved as a kid. This had also been my experience of reading Joyce’s Ulysses, multiple times.read more
It’s our 7th annual festival! See the tentative schedule for Bloomsday 2018. Five-Day Festival: Tuesday to Saturday, June 12 to 16.read more
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