Come and get a real taste of Festival Bloomsday Montréal by attending some of the events at this year’s special Blue Met series Ireland: Isle of Dreams. Bloomsday Montréal is involved in three of the eight Irish themed events.
A brief preview of these events:
Thursday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m.
Finnegans Wake Reading Group Open House
Do you like puzzles, problems, enigmas and a good laugh too? Join a group of readers from Montréal who meet regularly to delve into Finnegans Wake, considered to be Joyce’s most “difficult” book. Text will be distributed on site. 90 minutes. Free event
Saturday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m.
Walking Tour of Irish Montreal
Tour will start at the Centaur Theatre to view the exhibition “Saving the Famine Irish: The Grey Nuns and the Great Hunger”, continue to Griffintown, the Grey Nuns’ Motherhouse, ending at the Memorial Rock (“Immigrants’ Stone”) near the Victoria Bridge. 2 hours. Cost $15. [Note: All proceeds go to the Montréal Irish Monument Park Foundation dedicated to preserving the area around the Black Rock. Tour guide is Donovan King. Tickets available on Blue Met website.]
Saturday, April 16 at 8:30 p.m.
Dramatic Readings from James Joyce’s Ulysses
Is Ulysses too difficult to read? Are you a dedicated fan? As local actors’ performances bring to life the events of June 16, 1904, you may be inspired to delve yet again into one of the twentieth century’s most influential novels. 60 minutes. Free event
Come and get a taste of Joyce and Irish literature and culture at the Blue Met events.