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Happy Halloween!

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Irish Book Awards 2018

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Irish Book Awards is running its yearly event – to use their own words, “a national campaign which celebrates the value and joy of reading and encourages everyone to pick up more books, more often.”
An Post has become the main sponsor for the next three years.
Titles of the shortlisted books for this year are due to be published on their website on the 25th October at 7 PM. Winners will be selected on the 27th November.

https://www.irishbookawards.irish/

The Bloomsday

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The Bloomsday is celebrated annually on the 16th June, as Thursday 16 June 1904 was a date when James Joyce’s Ulysses was set. It is named after the protagonist Leopold Bloom. Hard to imagine, such a thick book for just one day, huh? Have you read Ulysses yet? I have started a long time ago, but I was pretty young back then, so may give it another go one day. I read and enjoyed the Dubliners by the same author, if you are up for the taste of Joyce but wish to start with something easier to read than Ulysses.

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If you wish to join the celebration, put on a straw hat and dress up in clothes from the era and go to Dublin for various book reading, performances and to visit places described in the book, some even have a full Irish breakfast at the James Joyce Centre on the morning of that day with the usual ingredients, like sausage, fried egg, pudding, mushrooms etc but also accompanied with liver and kidneys as this is something that Leopold Bloom had for his brekkie.

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The Bloomsday dates back as far as 1922 when Ulysses was published for the first time but only amongst James Joyce’s circle of friends. First proper celebration in Ireland took place in 1954. Nowadays the celebration has spread around the world.

If you would like to see in detail what had been planned for the celebrations this year,

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http://jamesjoyce.ie/bloomsday/

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Hope you enjoyed the Bloomsday.