• Happy Bloomsday

    The first annual "Bloomsday in the Bend" was a fun occasion for Joyce fans of all ages!

  • Telemachus

    Tobias Boes reads from the first chapter of Ulysses in which we meet one of the work's two protagonists, Stephen Dedalus, atop the Martello tower in Sandycove, Dublin

  • Proteus

    Maggie McDowell reads Stephen's meditations on his own conception, the human imagination, and other idle musings.

  • Calypso

    Lauren Rich, assisted by her daughter Margot, reads from the fourth chapter of Ulysses, which takes place in Leopold and Molly Bloom's kitchen at 8 am. "Mrkrgnao! the cat said loudly."

  • Hades

    Kayla Wagner reveals Bloom's thoughts as he attends Paddy Dignam's funeral. "And if he was alive all the time? Whew! By jingo, that would be awful! They ought to have...a telephone in the coffin."

  • Aeolus

    Melissa Dinsman reads from the seventh chapter of Ulysses in which Bloom goes to work at the Freeman's Journal where he works as an ad canvasser.

  • Lestrygonians

    Denise Ayo reads a passage about Bloom's now famous lunch, consisting of a gorgonzola sandwich and a glass of burgundy wine. "Davy Byrne's. Moral Pub."

  • Wandering Rocks

    Jesús Constantino reads the passages in which we encounter Paddy Dignam's son, musing over his father's death.

  • Sirens

    Paul McDowell dramatically interprets the action at the Ormond Hotel, where Stephen's father launches into an operatic solo, Bloom eats an early supper, and Boylan slips off to meet Molly.

  • Cyclops

    Chase Wing reads from Bloom's encounter with the Citizen at Barney Kiernan's pub. "Love loves to love love."

  • Nausicaa

    Sarah Townsend takes readers into the mind of Gerty MacDowell as she flirts with an older gentleman who turns out to be someone the readers already know...

  • Oxen of the Sun

    Jacob Riyeff tackles the many different linguistic styles of Oxen of the Sun, which are meant to mirror Stephen's drunken discussion of procreation, contraception, and pregnancy.

  • Ithaca

    Bridget Hoyt gives listeners more information about water and its properties than they could ever possibly want to know: "What in water did Bloom, waterlover, drawer of water, wattercarrier, returning to the range, admire?"

  • Penelope

    Cecila Lucero concludes the event by reading the final section of Molly's reverie.

This year, Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures kicked off the first annual “Bloomsday in the Bend” event. Starting at 6:00pm on June 16, 2014 at University Park Mall’s Barnes & Noble, Michiania was invited to a literary celebration. There was readings of Ulysses, finger foods inspired by Bloom’s lunch courtesy of Granite City, and a children’s corner where Irish children’s stories will be read. The event also featured Irish music presented by the Suzuki Music School of Granger's Gaska String Quartet. 

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There was even some impromptu dancing!!
 

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A big thank you to all the 2014 readers and individuals who came out!

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