“Hahahaha, Jesus this is awful shite’. 

Marilyn monroe look alike Callan Price, recreates famous 1950s picture to launch bloomsday 2013.The James Joyce Centre’s Bloomsday Festival 2013 takes place from Monday, 10th June to Sunday, 16th June at locations across the city. Festival aficionados, literary lovers, theatre buffs and music fans are invited to take part in a series of engaging and exciting events during the festival, which include a series of walking tours and the requisite Bloomsday breakfast, as well as street-theatre and readings, all of which will take place across the capital. This year, in what is arguably one of the greatest literary gatherings in the festival’s history; Dublin will join cities across the world in an online global reading of Ulysses. 25 cities across 4 continents are set to take part, with the first episode commencing on Saturday evening, 15th June. The event will be live streamed on and on James Joyce Centre’s YouTube channel. For more information on the above activities, log on to

And the originals: 

And the Bloomsday celebration continues with this 1954 photo by Eve Arnold. FromJoyce and Popular Culture, a quote from a letter from Arnold about the day she took the shot:

We worked on a beach on Long Island…I asked her what she was reading when I went to pick her up (I was trying to get an idea of how she spent her time). She she kept Ulysses in her car and had been reading it for a long time. She said she loved the sound of it and would read it aloud to herself to try to make sense of it–but she found it hard going. She couldn’t read it consecutively. When we stopped at a local playground to photograph she got out the book and started to read while I loaded the film. So, of course, I photographed her.


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