Gleeson and Fitzgerald lead London Bloomsday celebrations

Actor Brian Gleeson

By David Hennessy

Actors Brian Gleeson and Orla Fitzgerald will be at London Irish Centre on June 16 for the London leg of the Global Bloomsday Gathering, a live online global reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Some other very special guests will read at the event.

Brian is known from his roles in gritty RTE crime drama, Love/Hate and Snow White and the Huntsman. He is also the son and brother of actors Brendan and Domhnall Gleeson.

Orla had a leading role in Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winning The Wind that Shakes the Barley.

Orla Fitzgerald of The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Bloomsday, a commemoration and celebration of the life of James Joyce, is observed annually on June 16. The 25 worldwide cities taking part in these global readings are Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Moscow, Pula, Zurich, Trieste, Paris, Bangor, Dublin, Derry, Cork, London, Sao Paulo, Santa Maria, New York, Boston, Chicago, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, and San Francisco.

Readings from Derry and Cork will be streamed live at the London Irish Centre from 3.30pm – 5.30pm while The London leg of the readings will be broadcast live from the London Irish Centre on, James Joyce Centre’s YouTube channel and to an intimate audience in the London Irish Centre.

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There will also be an early Bloomsday celebration in London on June 14. Blacktooth Productions will hold an event entitled Joyce in Paris at the Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JT. The show features extracts from Ulysses, live music and episodes from the writer’s life in Paris in the 1920s including classic anecdotes and memorable encounters with TS Eliot, Ezra Pound, Sylvia Beach and Gertrude Stein. Nora Connolly and Oengus Macnamara will read, with music by Bow and Bellows. For more details, go to:


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