James Joyce (1882-1941) was an Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher and literary critic. He is regarded as one of the most influential and important authors of the 20th Century. He is best known for his novel Ulysses (first published in 1922) – a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer’s Odyssey are paralleled in a variety of literary styles – most famously – stream-of-consciousness.
Join Lucy Brennan Shiel for a relaxed and engaging introduction to this important work. Lucy will share her trials and tribulations with reading this difficult and challenging novel and open a conversation to help understand its context and relevance today.
I have been exploring James Joyce’s Ulysees as part of my creative practice for a number of years. I aminspired by its experimentation, universality, immense positivity and generosity. I believe that Ulysees is best explored and enjoyed by reading it aloud in a friendly gathering and I'm passionate about sharing its magic.
I have been running a Ulysses reading group in Hastings since 2017 and I have organised annual Bloomsday events in Hastings.
Bloomsday commemorates the 16th June 1904 – the day on which the events of James Joyce’s Ulysses take place in Dublin.
At the beginning of 2020 I ran a series of introductory Ulysses reading workshops in Eastbourne. Due to Covid-19 these events had to pause but I am currently exploring options for continuing these workshops online.
I was invited to do a PetchaKucha* presentation at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, to celebrate International Women’s day.
I shared my passion for James Joyce’s modernist novel Ulysses, and my heartfelt appreciation of Joyce’s wife Nora Barnacle for her part in the making of the man and this seminal text. My presentation was a celebration of the women behind James Joyce’s Ulysses – most notably Nora Barnacle, Harriet Shaw Weaver and Sylvia Beach.
PetchaKucha video: Thank you Nora Barnacle for Ulysses
* PechaKucha is a storytelling format where a presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds of commentary each (6 minutes and 40 seconds total). At a PechaKucha Night, individuals gather at a venue to share personal presentations about their work.