Bloomsday 2008

Carrie Corcoran
Francine D'Alessandro
Jay Lavelle
Dan Lewis
Anne Marie Lucci
David Macpherson
Laura Menides
Robert Steele
Beth Sweeney
Paddy Dignam's mass card, courtesy of Callahan's Funeral Home, commemorating the
Bloomsday 100th Anniversary
June 16, 2004.
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"-- The Lord forgive me! Mr Power said, wiping his wet eyes with his fingers. Poor Paddy! I little thought a week ago when I saw him last and he was in his usual health that I'd be driving after him like this. He's gone from us." 
Ulysses, Episode 6 (Hades)
Solemnly he came forward and mounted the round gunrest.  He faced about and blessed gravely thrice the tower, the surrounding country and the awaking mountains.
Ulysses, Episode 1
Bancroft Tower  (Bancroft Tower Road)
8:00am to 9:30am
Episode 1: Telemacus
Stately, plump Buck Mulligan........

Bring a chair, a blanket, or an umbrella - rain or shine, we begin the day as Stephen Dedalus does: sleepy and in need of caffeine. (WCPA will spring for the coffee and donuts.)
Antiquarian Book Center (21 Salem Street)
10:00am to 11:30am
Episode 4: Calypso
Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish........

The reading takes place at the back of the store. Enjoy the tea and scones provided by our host, Don Reid, and buy a few books! At the left, Laura shares her lemon soap and apostle spoons.
McFadden's (50 Front Street)
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Episode 12: Cyclops
I was just passing the time of day........

Now that we're downtown, we're going to stay downtown for a while! So wet your whistle with
that Guinness - McFadden's promises to lower the music while we read.
Check out their website.
City Square at Foothills Theater,
(Commercial & Mechanic Streets)
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Episode 10: Wandering Rocks
The superior, very reverend John
Conmee, S.J.....

This is a lovely "vest pocket park" (as they're known in other cities) - chairs, tables, set back from the traffic - and just up the street from our
noon and 4pm sites!
City Council Chambers, Worcester City Hall
(Main Street)
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Episode 9: Scylla & Charybdis
Urbane, to comfort them, the quaker
librarian purred.......

This is actually a rear view of City Hall, showing part of the newly refurbished Common at the Front Street gate, just off Commercial Street.
Dinner Break
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Dinner is a good time to take a break from the schedule to talk about the day and enjoy some good food. Grab a bite to eat downtown or grab some take-out and head over to the WCPA office where some of us will be brown-bagging it!  The coffee's on us!
Vasa Hall (1 Ekman Street, first floor)
8:00pm to 10:00pm
Episode 15: Circe
The Mabbot Street entrance to nighttown........

This is something of a Bloomsday tradition: Nighttown at the WCPA. The Circe episode is one of the most rollicking to read as a group. (We're going to pick up where we left off on Thursday night at Street Beat.)
Tuesday, June 10, 7:00pm 
Lecture & Discussion - Paige Reynolds, Ph.D.

Who's the Target Audience? Putting on a show in Joyce's Ulysses

James Joyce's Ulysses is filled with lively audiences gathered for various public events ranging from popular theater and political speeches to funerals.  We'll take a look at these groups, as well as exploring how less formally structured audiences (like families and friends) shape the "performances" offered by Stephen and Bloom on June 16, 1904.

First Unitarian Church, 90 Main Street, Worcester
Monday, June 9, 7:00pm
Book Discussion

Nora: The Real Life of Molly Bloom
by Brenda Maddox

The N.O.W. Women's Book Group will discuss the biography of Nora Barnacle Joyce.

Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Plaza, Worcester
Paige Reynolds, Associate Professor, English, The College of the Holy Cross

When people learn that I'm an English professor, they frequently ask  the question, "What's your favorite book?" I sometimes consider pausing and equivocating in order to perform the broad sympathies that I imagine my inquisitors anticipate, but instead I always immediately and enthusiastically reply, "Joyce's Ulysses." Because, well, Ulysses is in fact my favorite book.  Among other things, I love its optimism, its honesty, its challenges, and its laugh-out-loud humor.

Since 2000, I've been teaching modern and contemporary Irish literature at The College of the Holy Cross, including an upper-level seminar on Ulysses and critical theory.  I've
lectured on Joyce at the Miami Joyce Conference, the James Joyce International Summer School in Dublin, and the Bloomsday 100 conference hosted by the International James Joyce Foundation.  My book,  Modernism, Drama, and the Audience for Irish Spectacle, was published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press, and I'm currently working on a study of women's modernist writing in twentieth-century Ireland.  I look  forward to being a part of the Worcester County Poetry Association's  Bloomsday 2008!
Thursday, June 12, 7:00pm
Open Mic and Participatory Reading

Street Beat Celebrates Ulysses

Bring your Joycean poetry and prose to the open mic, then
join us in reading from the  Circe or "Nighttown" episode of Ulysses.

WCPA Office, 1 Ekman Street (first floor)
Friday, June 13, 8:00pm
Worcester Storytellers

Laura Packer

Music, performance, and maybe a bit of Molly Bloom!

WCPA Office, 1 Ekman Street (first floor)
Saturday, June 14, 12:00pm
Participatory Reading

The Dark Horse Tavern at 12 Crane

A bit of lunch, a little Honest Town Ale and a rousing participatory reading of Episode 7: Aeolus

12 Crane Arts Complex, 12 Crane Street, Southbridge
Saturday, June 14 & Sunday, June 15
Hibernian Cultural Center & Fiddler's Green

Worcester Irish Music Festival
Our friends over at Fiddler's Green are having a music festival!
It's a great place to while away the Ulysses-free Sunday.....and
James Joyce was a great lover of music.

One day ticket price: $10; two day: $15
click here for the performance schedule and other information

19 Temple Street, Worcester
Reading at First Unitarian Church,
Main Street, Worcester (2007)
(Parking and entrance are at the side of the building.)
Byron Menides, Rod Murphy, Dan Lewis, Lloyd Schwartz, and Mark Carron - our sandwichboard men from Episode 8: Lestrygonians.
Hely's, Ltd., is the stationer's where Bloom was once employed.
Monday, June 16: The Worcester Ramble   Worcester Bloomsday 2008 Itinerary
Laura Packer, Storyteller

Laura Packer has been telling stories her whole life; her mother reports she was born talking. She has told stories in venues as wide ranging as Exchange Place Stage at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro Tennessee, The Art of Storytelling Festival in Miami, London’s Hyde Park, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NASA, Three Apples Storytelling Festival, Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference, 2006 and '07 Usability Professionals Association, hospices, stages around the country, and at Cape Breton Storytelling Symposium. For nearly 15 years she has been telling original and traditional stories for adults and older children that always lead listeners down unexpected avenues. She is a past Chair of Sharing the Fire, the oldest, largest regional storytelling conference in the US, and hosts several Boston-area storytelling series.

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Reading in the City Council Chambers,
Worcester City Hall
Laura & Byron at the Dark Horse Tavern
Dave Macpherson & Laura Packer
Worcester Storytellers
Laura Packer - Worcester Storytellers
Laura & Byron at City Square
Margaret Morrissey & friend
Dark Horse Tavern
Tuesday, June 9 - First Unitarian Church
Thursday, June 12 - Street Beat
Beth Sweeney, Paige Reynolds, Jay Lavelle
Anne Marie
Jay, Robert,
& Carrie
Nighttown Readers
Friday, June 13 - Worcester Storytellers
Saturday, June 14 - Dark Horse Tavern

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