EVENT: Cork Bloomsday 2023 & CFP

Friday 16th and Saturday 17th of June

Twitter – #CorkBloomsday23 @muttonkidneys.


Friday 16th June

Lunchtime at the Crawford Gallery 12.30 to 1.30pm

Hosted by Friends of the Crawford

Irish Artist Angie Shanahan and Joycean Food Scholar Flicka Small in conversation about the inspiration for Angie’s current exhibition of food paintings influenced by James Joyce’s modernist novel Ulysses.

Angie Shanahan graduated from the Crawford College of Art & Design in the 1980s. Since then, she has held numerous solo shows and has been selected for group exhibitions in Ireland and abroad. Her work is featured in a Huts and Sheds by Derek Mahon; Representing Art in Ireland, Fenton Gallery publication, and Art in State Buildings, 1995-2005. OPW cat. Angie also won a commission from the Office of Public Works to paint a portrait of Michael Collins for the Gallery of Taoiseach. This now hangs in Dáil Eireann. Angie Shanahan is currently a studio member of Backwater Artists Group and a member of VAI.

Afternoon (between 3pm and 5pm)

Pop-Up events and Joyce Walking Tour Venues: Cork City Library – Grand Parade – Cork – Waterstones.

The Irish Klezmer Ensemble with Ruti Lachs. Cork City Library at 5pm.

The Irish Klezmer Suite is a brand new original composition by Ruti Lachs. It comprises  7 pieces of klezmer (traditional Jewish wedding) music infused and mashed-up with Irish trad, with some jazz, dub reggae and baroque flavours in the mix. The Crosshaven Nigun, Slow Air Doina, Klezmer-Trad Mash-Up, Stepping Tentatively,  InKledULous, Slip Hora, and KlezMolly (with Yiddish lyrics). Featuring a Yiddish tribute to Leopold Bloom.

The composition was supported by an Arts Council Agility Award. 

Evening “Uncork Joyce” Concert – 7 to 8.30pm.

Concert in Dora Allman Room, University College Cork (The former Anatomy Building where John Stanislaus Joyce would have studied for his degree in Medicine)
UCC/Crosshaven Choir
Arranged and Conducted by Dr Eva McMullan
Readings by Brid Drake and UCC Book Club
Opened by Lord Mayor of Cork Deirdre Forbes (tbc)

Saturday 17th June

Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street, South Parish of Cork.

This building was originally the Convent of the Presentations Sisters. Nano Nagle Place won the 2022 Council of Europe Museum Prize.

Registration 9.30 am

The documentary film “Framed in Cork” directed by Marcella O’Connor and featuring Ronnie Herlihy (RIP), and locations from James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist, will be running throughout the day in the exhibition space next to the Nano Nagle Book Shop.

Round Table Discussions

Roundtables are intended to focus on open discussion. Discussion papers from broad scholarly to general interest. Speakers will develop the theme of the conference in order to generate discussion between participants and the audience.

To this end, instead of delivering full-length papers, the participants will be asked to discuss short papers in response to topics suggested by the organizer and give feedback to contributions from the audience. 

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  1. Family: John Stanislaus Joyce and his early years in Cork. The O’Connell family: John O’Connell, draper and politician. Ellen O’Connell and her portrayal in Exiles. Alicia O’Connell and the Presentation Nuns. John O’Connell, the Caretaker of Glasnevin in “Hades”. William O’Connell “Uncle Charles” in Portrait. Etc.
  2. History:  Circa 1849 to 1900. Cork Commerce. Retail and Commodity Culture.  Shipping and Cork harbour – including Cobh. The South Parish. Jewish Cork.  Theatre and Sport in Cork. Locations featuring in Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Etc.

If interested please contact:
Twitter: Dr Flicka Small with Cork Bloomsday (@muttonkidneys)
Closing date for submissions: 26th May 2023

10 am  Round Table 1

The Joyce O’Connell Family in Cork

11.30 Coffee Break

12 noon

William Wall, author of Empty Bed Blues, in conversation with Dr Heather Laird.

William Wall is the author of seven novels, five collections of poetry and three of short fiction. He was the 2022 winner of the Premio Internazionale Lettarario Carlo Bo/Giovanni Descalzo, the 2021 winner of the Premio Lerici ‘AngloLiguria’; the 2021 winner of the Premio di Conza Poesia; the 2017 winner of the Drue Heinz Prize for Literature (USA).

He was the first Poet Laureate of his native city, Cork (2021-2022).

He has also won The Patrick Kavanagh Award (Ireland) for poetry; the Doolin Prize for poetry (Ireland);  the Virginia Faulkner Award (USA) and The Sean O’Faoláin Prize (Ireland) both for short fiction; and several Writer’s Week prizes (Ireland). 

He was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize (UK), The Poetry Now Awards (UK) and The Manchester Fiction Prize (UK). He was shortlisted for the MarEtica Prize (Italy), the Young Minds Book Award (UK), the Irish Book Awards, the Raymond Carver Award (USA), the Hennessy Award (Ireland) and numerous others.

Heather Laird is a Lecturer in English at University College Cork. She is a postcolonial scholar whose research interests include theories and practices of resistance, Irish culture since the early nineteenth century, and the intersection between gender and class. Her publications include Subversive Law in Ireland, 1879-1920 (2005) and Commemoration (2018).  Heather also lectures on James Joyce at UCC, and has recently published on agrarian matters in Ulysses in the James Joyce Quarterly 59.2 (Winter 2022).

Lunch 1pm

2pm Round Table 2:   

History of Cork 1849 – 1900: Commerce, Commodity Culture, Shipping, Theatre and Sport, pertaining to the Joyce O’Connell family.

4pm Book Reading

Mary Morrissey from her forthcoming novel Penelope Unbound

Mary is an award-winning Irish novelist  (The Hennessy Award, Lannan Foundation Award) and short story writer, the author of three novels, Mother of Pearl, The Pretender and The Rising of Bella Casey, and two collections of short stories, A Lazy Eye and Prosperity Drive. 

She has 20 years’ experience of teaching creative writing at university level in the US and Ireland.  She was the associate director of creative writing at University College Cork, teaching on the MA in Creative Writing and leading undergraduate teaching of creative writing.

Evening. Cork City Library, Grand Parade, Cork. 5pm.

Ulysses: A Reader’s Odyssey with Daniel Mulhall.

7.30pm  >>>>

“Shindy in WellKnown Restaurant”  at Crawford and Co., Anglesea Street, birth place of John Stanislaus Joyce (allegedly). Craic agus Ceol with food.