Posted by: Lisa Hill | May 31, 2019

Bloomsday in Queenscliff

At last, I get to fulfil a long held ambition: I’ve wanted to attend a Bloomsday event for a very long time, and this year I’m not only attending Bloomsday at the Bookshop in Queenscliff, I’m participating in it as one of the readers.

This is the bookshop’s press release about the event:

Bloomsday is an annual celebration of Irish writer James Joyce marked around the world on 16 June, the day Ulysses is set in 1904.

The Bookshop is celebrating Bloomsday in Queenscliff this year with a public reading of Ulysses.

Join our celebration by volunteering to read from Ulysses for 15 minutes at The Bookshop on Sunday, 16 June 2019.

No particular knowledge of Ulysses is assumed or required. How much we read – and for how long – will be determined by the number of volunteer readers.

We are finalising the reader schedule now so if you’d like to be a reader please sign up on our Facebook event page.

We’re celebrating all things Irish on Bloomsday so we’ll have a range of books by Irish writers on display and we’ll be serving Guinness.

Whether you read or not we hope we’ll see you at The Bookshop on Sunday, 16 June, for our first Bloomsday in Queenscliff event.

As you will know, if you were with me on my Ulysses journey back in 2009-10 and read my Disordered Thoughts of an Amateur over many months, I agree with Marilyn Monroe that anyone can read Ulysses.  You don’t need to be a genius, because it was always intended to be read by ordinary mortals.  So this event should be a lot of fun:) (And this will be the right occasion to wear my John Hanly check scarf that I bought in Dublin!)

The Bookshop in Queenscliff is at 84 Hesse St.


  1. I know we’ve discussed this before, but now it’s near! Will you get your pages in advance?

    I will be in Melbourne that day – but at a one-year-old’s party!! I look forward to hearing how it goes.


    • No, we find out which bits to read on the day! I’m on at 11.45.

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      • Great time … you can then celebrate over a nice lunch (unless you are going to listen to it all?


        • I’ll wait and see how long it goes for…
          I was amazed at Tim’s graduation on Monday to see how many in the audience got up and walked out as soon as their graduand had been on stage. I mean, I know graduation ceremonies are very boring, but still, it seems rather rude to do that unless there’s a very good reason such as a plane to catch!


          • Oh yes, I think you are honour-bound to stay for a whole graduation ceremony. Can you imagine being, say, a Zubryski and no-one is there left to see you? That’s pretty selfish to just get up and go, and perhaps a bit indicative of a lack of understanding of etiquette these days?

            But with these readings that go on all day, people come and go. The one I did I was there for a bit over an hour, listening to about three people before me, and a couple after.


            • I remember having the argument with The Offspring about school speech night. He marshalled all the arguments that adolescents can, but couldn’t trump my argument that it was churlish not to go just because you hadn’t won any awards. After all, most people there haven’t won any awards, right?
              And then it turned out that he’d won two!

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  2. How wonderful! I wish I could see this! :D


    • Begorrah, it’s only a 20 hour flight…
      Just imagine the unique experience of hearing it read in an English accent… it couldn’t happen anywhere else but here…

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  3. have a wonderful time. i’ve tried but not got past page 100. im putting it on my bucket list to try again.


    • It’s my Desert Island book, so do have another go, just in case one day you are shipwrecked on my island…


  4. That’s great always been dream of mine to be in Dublin on bloomsday


    • Me too, though, you know, it’s probably going to be nicer almost anywhere else because the tourists will have taken over in Dublin, and most of them will never have set eyes on the book, I bet.


  5. See you there Lisa! I’m reading at 1 pm but will come early. Mathew and Lisa are lovely people and very supportive of me as a local author.


    • Oh, how fantastic! Now I’m really looking forward to it, and (see convo with Sue above) will definitely stay until 1.00pm. (And probably have lunch at Circa 1902 afterwards, if you want to join us).


  6. Hi Lisa, how great it will be. Have fun, and good reading!


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