Monday, 10 June 2013

A Telmetale Bloomnibus: 18 Tales from Modern Dublin

To celebrate this year's Bloomsday, the Irish Writers’ Centre invited 18 contemporary writers to 'rewrite' Ulysses. Joyce once took inspiration from the texts of Homer, and now each of the 18 episodes or chapters from Ulysses is being transported by a different writer to modern Dublin.

From the title of an episode allocated by the centre, each writer/musician has produced an original piece of prose, dialogue, poetry or song to be performed in public next Friday 14 June. It was stipulated that the pieces could not be directly about Ulysses, The Odyssey or Joyce (though inspiration was allowed) and it had to be set in contemporary Dublin.

The lineup in order of appearance/episode is as follows: Pat Boran, Colm Keegan, Jane Clarke, Niamh Boyce, June Caldwell, Steven Clifford, Christodoulos Makris, Jude Shiels, Jack Harte, Maire T Robinson, Emer Martin, Niamh Parkinson, Deirdre Sullivan, Graham Tugwell, Alan Jude Moore, Oran Ryan, Doodle Kennelly and Nuala Ní Chonchuir.

As can be deduced from the above I was allocated the title of episode/chapter 7, Aeolus. In response I produced a prose-poem with title 'Metro Herald's Advertorial Wind Bags Let Loose, 28-31 May & 4-7 June 2013'.

Friday's performance starts at 7pm. Tickets are €8 (or €6 for IWC members) and can be booked from the event page on the centre's website. For those who cannot make it, publication of an e-book is also being planned.

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