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Nora Barnacle and James Joyce: The Galway Story (Online)

Galway Public Libraries will premiere the recording of last week’s event from St. Nicholas Church, Galway featuring authors Nuala O’Connor and Ray Burke in conversation with Emily Cullen. Along with music from Elizabeth Keane, Tomás Mannion, Carmel Dempsey and Emily Greaney. Watch on Galway Libraries Facebook page.

Irish Embassy Warsaw Book Club Event

 

Irish Embassy Warsaw Book Club Event

(18.00 Central European Time)

The Embassy of Ireland in Warsaw has the pleasure to host an online meeting with Nuala O’Connor, author of “Nora”, the chosen book for this year’s One Dublin One Book initiative, organised by Dublin City Libraries.

This event, open to everyone, aims to bring together readers from around Poland who have joined the One Dublin One Book project in 2022, either individually or as part of a book club.

This will be an opportunity to meet virtually with Nuala O’Connor herself, who will answer questions and give readers many further insights into her latest work. We hope this will be a perfect opportunity to learn more about Nora Barnacle and the family of James Joyce, as we celebrate 100 years of Ulysses and look forward to Bloomsday in June!

The event will take place online, via Zoom. The meeting link will be sent to all registered participants in advance.

 

Nuala O’Connor on Nora Barnacle and James Joyce

Nuala O’Connor will read from her novel Nora: A Love Story of Nora and James Joyce (New Island Books) and will talk about the inspiration for the book as well as her experience writing it.

In sensuous, resonant prose, Nuala O’Connor has conjured the definitive portrait of this strong, passionate and loyal Irishwoman. This year’s One Dublin One Book choice, Nora is a tour de force, an earthy and authentic love letter to Irish literature’s greatest muse.

Nuala O’Connor is a novelist, short story writer and poet who was born in Dublin and lives now in Co. Galway with her family. She has published five novels and six short story collections, including Becoming Belle, Miss Emily, You, and Joyride to Jupiter.

Copies of the book are available to borrow from Dublin City Libraries and are available in physical, e-book and e-audiobook formats.

 

Venue

Ballymun Library, Main Street Ballymun, Dublin, 9

Time

April 12 at 2:30 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

A reading of James Joyce and a Joycean themed writing session with author Leo Cullen

 

‘They were yung and easily freudened’: James Joyce plays around with words in his writing world. Come to this reading and writing session with Leo Cullen and enjoy, through Joyce, your own writing world! Be not young and easily frightened!

All level of writers welcome. 

Spaces limited.

 

Venue

Deansgrange Library, Clonkeen Drive Deansgrange, Dublin 18 D18 NY58

Time

April 13 at 6:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Nora Barnacle’s Galway: Online Podcast

Join Ronnie O’Gorman and Tom Kenny for a Nora Barnacle themed episode of the Old Galway Diary Podcast. They will discuss Galway and Nora Barnacle during the time of her life and marriage to James Joyce. This podcast episode is open to all and will be released via the South Dublin Libraries Facebook Page.

It is brought to you by two of Galway’s finest writers and storytellers, Ronnie O’Gorman and Tom Kenny. Elaborating on topics they have covered in the Galway Advertiser in the Galway Diary and Old Galway section, and many other aspects of Galway life and history, they bring their inimitable style to allow you relax, listen and enjoy.

https://www.facebook.com/SouthDublinLibraries

Time

April 14 at 7:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking not necessary

Love, Says Bloom (POSTPONED)

Unfortunately due to illness, this event has been postponed. We hope to re-schedule the event.

Join podcaster, Joycean and counter-culturalist Conner Habib for an in-depth exploration of author and guest curator Nuala O’Connor‘s —Love, says Bloom exhibition at MoLI, launched in February to celebrate the Ulysses centenary. The exhibition looks at the deep love between Irish writer James Joyce, his wife Nora Barnacle, and their children Giorgio and Lucia, using music as a steadfast element in their lives. Nuala will discuss the Joyce’s mutual devotion, alongside some of the music that bound them, while their world was in flux.

Venue

MoLI – Museum of Literature Ireland, UCD Naughton Joyce Centre, 86 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, D02 XY43,

Time

April 14 at 7:30 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Creating History: Researching the Historical Novel with Nuala O’Connor & Kevin Power

 

In this informal conversation, Kevin Power will interview Nuala O’Connor about her experiences researching and writing her historical novels – not just Nora, this year’s One Dublin One Book choice, but her previous historical novels Becoming Belle and Miss Emily. An event of particular interest to writers and anyone interested in the process of turning history into fiction. 

Online via Zoom, sponsored by Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute

Nuala O’Connor is a novelist, short story writer and poet who was born in Dublin and lives now in Co. Galway with her family. Nuala is the author of five  novels, including NORA,  Becoming BelleMiss Emily, a reimagining of the life of Emily Dickinson, The Closet of Savage Mementoes, You, and six short story collections, her most recent being Joyride to Jupiter. She has won many prizes for her short fiction including the Francis MacManus Award, the James Joyce Quarterly Fiction Contest and the UK’s Short Fiction Journal Prize. 

Kevin Power is Assistant Professor of Literary Practice, Oscar Wilde Centre, in Trinity College Dublin’s School of English and is the author of Bad Day at Blackrock and White City. His collection of essays The Written World: Essays will be published by Lilliput Press in May. 

Venue

Online Event

Time

April 19 at 1:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

The Book on One: NORA on RTÉ Radio One

RTE Radio 1’s The Book on One will feature this year’s One Dublin One Book NORA by Nuala O’Connor (New Island Books), read by actor Cathy Belton.

These will be broadcast during Late Date on RTÉ Radio One every week day evening at 11.20pm from Monday 4th to Friday 29th April 2022. Produced by Clíodhna Ní Anluain.

The readings will be available for one month after broadcast.

https://www.rte.ie/radio/radio1/clips/11397317/

Time

April 19 at 11:20 pm - April 29 at 11:30 pm

Tickets

Booking

D12 Book Club Event for One Dublin One Book

At this special event for bookclubs in the Dublin 12 area, Nuala O’Connor will read from her novel Nora: A Love Story of Nora and James Joyce (New Island Books) and will talk about the inspiration for the book as well as her experience writing it.

In sensuous, resonant prose, Nuala O’Connor has conjured the definitive portrait of this strong, passionate and loyal Irishwoman. This year’s One Dublin One Book choice, Nora is a tour de force, an earthy and authentic love letter to Irish literature’s greatest muse.

Nuala O’Connor is a novelist, short story writer and poet who was born in Dublin and lives now in Co. Galway with her family. She has published five novels and six short story collections, including Becoming Belle, Miss Emily, You, and Joyride to Jupiter.

Copies of the book are available to borrow from Dublin City Libraries and are available in physical, e-book and e-audiobook formats.

Places are limited, so early booking is advisable.

Venue

Walkinstown Library, Percy French Road Walkinstown, Dublin 12

Time

April 20 at 6:30 pm

Tickets

Booking

Booking essential

Celebrate Nora Barnacle with an afternoon tea party in Dalkey Library Garden (BOOKED OUT)

Step back in time to the era of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce with a book discussion on NORA by Nuala O’Connor, facilitated by Mary Burnham,  music from the Joycean era and afternoon tea in the garden.

Come dressed in Joycean themed dress style as per Bloomsday!

Call it Nora-day!

Spaces limited.

 

Venue

Dalkey Library, 41 Castle Street, Dalkey Co. Dublin,

Time

April 21 at 2:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Nora and Nuala: A Celebration

Watch Live at 7pm at https://youtu.be/ntbciHcDIrQ.

 

Join us in the beautiful, Baroque surrounds of St. Ann’s Church on Dawson St for an evening of celebration and performances with Dublin City Council’s One Dublin One Book choice for 2022 Nuala O’Connor’s NORA: A Love Story of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce.

Author Nuala O’Connor will be in conversation with writer and researcher Paula Shields as they discuss Nuala’s writing career with a special focus on her captivating novel Nora which follows the frequently tumultuous life of Nora Barnacle, muse and wife of James Joyce. The book is an intimate portrayal of their relationship beginning on that well known date of the 16th June 1904 and spanning decades and  cities as they follow Joyce’s ferocious literary ambitions throughout Europe. 

The evening will feature music from Moxie Sings the ever-vibrant acoustic trio of “Moxie” as their genre and rhythm melding tunes take us on a journey across the continents and characters. There will also be dramatic readings from Nora from Niamh McCormack and Adam J. Richardson.

Tickets available for in-person or live streaming.

 

Venue

St Ann’s Church, 18 Dawson Street Dublin D02 YV57

Time

April 21 at 7:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Nuala O’Connor in conversation with Edel Coffey

 

This year’s One Dublin One Book author Nuala O’Connor will be in conversation with author and journalist Edel Coffey on Friday 22nd April brought to you by Fingal Libraries. They will be discussing Nuala’s novel NORA: A Love Story of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce (New Island Books). Shortlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards, Nora is an earthy and authentic love letter to Irish literature’s greatest muse.

 

Venue

Online Event

Time

April 22 at 7:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Be Your Own Muse: An Inspirational Writing Workshop with Eva Kenny (BOOKED OUT)

 
Dublin writer Eva Kenny will discuss the mythic, historic, social and economic roles played by the muse in artistic creation.

What does it mean to be a muse? In this workshop, Dublin writer Eva Kenny will discuss the mythic, historic, social and economic roles played by the muse in artistic creation. How does the muse prompt or inspire authorship? And what is the muse’s reward? Recognition? Attention?  A fee? Does he or she play an active or a passive role–– in other words, is participation involved or just observation? After our discussion, the group will spend the second half of the workshop devising ways to turn this focused attention on our own work, asking how we can inspire, motivate or otherwise provoke the creative urge in ourselves.

Eva Kenny is a writer from Dublin. In 2020, she was a recipient of the Arts Council Literature Bursary Award. Her criticism and fiction have been published in Artforum, the Dublin Review of Books, Frieze, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Irish Times, and The Stinging Fly, among others. She has a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, where she wrote a dissertation on Samuel Beckett’s fiction, and is at work on a first collection of stories and essays.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

Venue

Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North Dublin,

Time

April 23 at 10:00 am

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

From Page to Stage: Adapting Fiction for the Stage with Dermot Bolger

 
In this talk and Q & A session, Dermot Bolger explores the challenges in adapting Ulysses, or any work of fiction, for the stage.

Some years ago the novelist, poet and playwright Dermot Bolger took what he himself described as “the near impossible task” of adapting Joyce’s Ulysses – a masterpiece of 265,000 words, written in eighteen episodes and a dazzling array of linguistic styles – into a stage play. He initially approached the task with a palpable terror until he realised that his anxiety as a playwright reflected the terror readers often feel when approaching it as a book. He therefore took as his starting point a complaint by Nora Barnacle that Joyce kept her awake at night, laughing so much as he wrote it and subtly got under the skin and prejudices of his claustrophobic Dublin.

In this talk and Q & A session, Bolger explores the challenges in adapting Ulysses, or any work of fiction, for the stage and chronicles the adventures of his own Ulysses adaption which was staged in Ireland by the Abbey Theatre and toured China in a famous Tron Theatre production. Bolger’s latest collection of poems, Other People’s Lives, is published in April 2022.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

Venue

Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North Dublin,

Time

April 23 at 11:30 am

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Nora Barnacle’s Importance to Irish Literature

 

Join One Dublin, One Book author Nuala O’Connor (Nora) as she discusses the important role played by James Joyce’s muse and wife Nora Barnacle in Irish literature. Nuala will be joined in conversation by Joycean enthusiast Katherine McSharry of the National Library of Ireland and Terence Killeen, Research Scholar at the James Joyce Centre, Dublin and author of Ulysses Unbound.

Nuala O’Connor lives in Co. Galway. Her fifth novel NORA (Harper Perennial/New Island, 2021), about Nora Barnacle, wife and muse to James Joyce, was recently published to critical acclaim in the USA, Ireland, the UK, and Germany, and is forthcoming in other languages. NORA was named as a Top 10 2021 historical novel by the New York Times. Nuala is editor at flash fiction e-zine Splonk

Katherine McSharry is Acting Director of the National Library of Ireland and a proud west of Ireland native. She was the National Library lead on the UCD/NLI partnership to create the Museum of Literature Ireland, with its strong focus on James Joyce. She was also co-curator of the 2004 exhibition ‘James Joyce and Ulysses at the National Library of Ireland’, and wrote the collection-based publication ‘A Joycean Scrapbook’ which accompanied the exhibition

Terence Killeen is Research Scholar at the James Joyce Centre, Dublin. He is the author of Ulysses Unbound, which has just been published in a new edition by Penguin Books. He has published in the James Joyce Quarterly, the James Joyce Literary Supplement and the Joyce Studies Annual. A former journalist with The Irish Times, he continues to write on Joyce-related matters for the newspaper.  He has taught Finnegans Wake for many years at seminars at the Dublin James Joyce Summer School and the Trieste Joyce Summer School. He has also lectured at both schools, at the James Joyce Centre, at Trinity College Dublin at various International and North America James Joyce Symposiums and at the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris.

Venue

County Library, Tallaght, Library Square, Tallaght, Dublin, D24 A3EX,

Time

April 25 at 7:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Richmond Barracks Book Club Event

 

This April, Richmond Barracks book club will read and discuss the One Dublin One Book 2022 selection, Nora: A Love Story of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce by Nuala O’Connor.

If you’re attending one of these special book club sessions, you can avail of a free copy of the book, but please note that places are limited.

You can either collect a copy of the book from Inchicore Library free of charge, or have it posted to you for €6.20, which covers the cost of postage. 

About this month’s book

When Nora Barnacle, a twenty-year-old from Galway working as a maid at Finn’s Hotel, meets young James Joyce on a summer’s day in Dublin, she is instantly attracted to him, natural and daring in his company. But she cannot yet imagine the extraordinary life they will share together. 

All Nora knows is she likes her Jim enough to leave behind family and home, in search of a bigger, more exciting life…

About the Book Clubs

The book clubs are held on the last Tuesday and Thursday of every month, one taking place online and the other in-person at Richmond Barracks. We start each session with an inclusive discussion about the current title and then have a broader discussion about what we’re reading and swap recommendations.

 

Venue

Richmond Barracks, Inchicore Dublin 8,

Time

April 26 at 11:00 am

Tickets

Free

Booking

Joyce, Ulysses and the National Library of Ireland

This online talk by Ludovica Neglie (National Library of Ireland) will explore Joyce’s world, celebrate his most famous work and the important role that the National Library of Ireland played in Joyce’s life.

This event will have ISL (Irish Sign language) interpretation and captioning.

 

Venue

Online Event

Time

April 27 at 3:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

An Evening with Nuala O’Connor with readings by The Monaco-Ireland Arts Society

 

Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco – Under the aegis of the Fondation Princesse Grace

Nuala O’Connor will speak about what inspired her to write this book and the meticulous research undertaken. This bio-fictional novel takes the facts around the lives of Nora and James Joyce, and re-imagines them as a fictional story.

The talk will be illustrated by dramatic readings of personal letters between Nora and Joyce, performed by actors from the Monaco-Ireland Arts Society.

Nuala will also briefly bring us behind the scenes of the exhibition that she curated for the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) in Dublin entitled “—Love, says Bloom”, which looks at the deep love between the couple and their children, using music as a steadfast element in their lives. 

The talk will be followed by drinks in the Princess Grace salon of the library and signings of copies of the book, which was named by Dublin City Council and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature as the One Dublin One Book’ choice for 2022.

The talk will be recorded and the replay on YouTube will be made public in the days following the event (subject to the author’s permission)

Open to all with priority to Friends of the Princess Grace Irish Library. 10 Euro entrance fee at the library.

Venue

Princess Grace Irish Library, 9 Rue Princesse Marie de Lorraine, 98000 Monaco, Monaco

Time

April 28 at 7:00 pm

Tickets

€10

Booking

Booking essential

WAVES OF EMOTION: JOYCE’S MOLLY AND NORA (BOOKED OUT)

In an event specially created for One Dublin One Book, writer Martina Devlin and actors Lise-Ann McLaughlin and Nick Dunning combine to take a fresh look at the world’s most famous novel. With selected readings by the actors from Ulysses and Nuala O’Connor’s NORA, the performance captures two earthy, independent and quintessentially female perspectives on life and art.

 

Venue

Rathfarnham Castle (OPW), Rathfarnham Road Dublin 14,

Time

April 28 at 8:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

One City Two Books with Nuala O’Connor and Rónán Hession at Bray Literary Festival

Friday 29th September, 7.30pm, Bray Town Hall.

Join 2022 One Dublin One Book author Nuala O’Connor and 2021 author Rónán Hession for an in conversation event with David Butler at Bray Literary Festival.

Supported by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature/One Dublin One Book.

Tickets available on the door 

€5 or €20 for a festival ticket

Nuala O’Connor’s fifth novel NORA (New Island), about Nora Barnacle and James Joyce, was a Top 10 historical novel in the New York Times and the One Dublin One Book choice for 2022. Nuala curated the Ulysses 100 exhibition at MoLI, –Love, Says Bloom. She is editor at flash fiction e-journal Splonk. 

Rónán Hession has published two novels, Leonard and Hungry Paul (2021 One Dublin One Book) and Panenka, which have been shortlisted for several major awards in Ireland and the UK. He is currently working on his third novel, Ghost Mountain, which will be published in 2024.

https://brayliteraryfestival.com/

Venue

Bray Town Hall, Main Street Bray,

Time

September 30 at 7:30 pm

Tickets

€5

Booking

Booking not necessary
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