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“A warm human plumpness settled down on his brain. His brain yielded. Perfume of embraces all him assailed. With hungered flesh obscurely, he mutely craved to adore.” (Ulysses, “Lestrygonians”)

“Lord, heap miseries upon us yet entwine our arts with laughters low.”

Finnegans Wake

“Pain, that was not yet the pain of love, fretted his heart.”

Ulysses – Telemachus

“Coming from the vegetarian. Only wegebobbles and fruit . Don’t eat a beefsteak. If you do the eyes of that cow will pursue you through all eternity.” (Ulysses, “Lestrygonians”)

“Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not.”

Ulysses – Nestor

“I fear those big words, Stephen said, which make us so unhappy.”

Ulysses – Nestor

“Landlord never dies they say. Other steps into his shoes when he gets his notice to quit. They buy the place up with gold and they still have all the gold.” (Ulysses, “Lestrygonians”)

“Pineapple rock, lemon platt, butter scotch. A sugarsticky girl shovelling scoopfuls of creams for a christian brother.”

Ulysses- Lestrygonians

“The heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit.”

Ulysses (Ithaca)

“The heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit.”

Ulysses (Ithaca)

“Coffined thoughts around me, in mummycases, embalmed in spice of words.”

Ulysses – Scylla and Charybdis

“History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.”

Ulysses – Scylla and Charybdis

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2018 Performers, Storytellers, Authors and Scholars

Reading and storytelling performances, panel discussions, walking tours, live music,  food, theatre and much more.

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News and Views

Where, the mile end

Where, the mile end

Ou quand le vent boréal souffle une influence sur le poète. Du premier poème ‘Steel skin’ où on y regarde un hiver qui s’étend de Dublin jusqu’au bord du Mississipi et encore, au second poème ‘Looped’ où le fil du nord laisse des traces de vent glacial.

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A Review of Paul Auster’s 4321

A Review of Paul Auster’s 4321

It was by happenstance that I picked up a copy of Paul Auster’s latest novel 4321 (2017) a couple of weeks ago at a McGill University “take a book leave a book” site. As expected from Paul Auster, the novel is hilarious, genius, meta and highly readable. But what was unexpected was that I found myself reading a re-imagined version of Ulysses.

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With Love From Dublin: Bloomsday Montréal Greeting

In 2016 Montreal’s Mayor Coderre declared Montreal and Ireland as ‘twin cities’. In this spirit of fellowship the Lord Mayor of Dublin and Dublin City Council, have gifted us at Festival Bloomsday Montréal 2017 with this lovely video greeting.

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