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Tuesday 16th June 2020 is Bloomsday

BLOOMSDAY OTTAWA 2019 at- Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts

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If you have not read Ulysses yet, why not start now by listening to the book read aloud, giving you a great introduction as well as a feel for Joyce’s language and the rich stories and characters that he created.      Here is the link: https://archive.org/details/Ulysses-Audiobook?mc_cid=19c8a1df3f&mc_eid=8bb3b2d75b

Tuesday 16th June 2020 is Bloomsday   An at-home affair with Bloomsday

Due to COVID-19 we are unable to join you live on Tuesday 16th June 2020 but we can still celebrate Bloomsday in style with an at-home affair and still get to the streets of Dublin via Zoom. We will be co-hosting with the Embassy of Ireland, Ottawa a virtual Bloomsday readings from James Joyce’s Ulysses. We will have guest readers from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific.

Get your Edwardian glad rags ready and of course taking pictures and forwarding them to ann@sbcottawa.ca with a description for our Bloomsday slide-show from Ottawa don’t forget your glass of ……

LADIES: For the ladies, simply find a long skirt and a belt or scarf to accentuate your waist. Look for a long-sleeved blouse with bows or ruffles to wear on top. For accessories, you can wear a big shawl around your shoulders, get some lace gloves, a dainty handbag and a straw hat decorated with flowers.

Molly Bloom spends the day in bed, so opt for a floor-length nightie with long sleeves in white or a pastel colour and wear your hair loose down your back. Carry a pear and tarot cards as props for the day.

The ‘Sirens’, Mina Kennedy and Lydia Douce like to flash their garters as they pull pints at the Ormond Bar. One is blond and the other bronze-haired. One also sports a sunburn.

Gertie MacDowell is a fashionista and her favourite colour is blue. She wears blue undies for luck. A variation of the above easy Edwardian look in shades of blue will make your homage to this character perfect. Don’t forget your trusty diary.

‘Nighttown’ abounds with whores, so flash your garter, opt for gaudy colours and a corset and don’t save on the black eyeliner and red lipstick!

Bella Cohen is the madam of the brothel where Stephen and Leopold Bloom meet in the ‘Circe’ episode. She wears an ivory dress, waves a black fan and is draped in jewels. She also switches gender during this episode. Choose an outfit fit for a circus ringmaster complete with whip for this shape shift.

GENTS: For the gents, simple dark trousers, a white shirt and a waistcoat will suffice for an easy Edwardian version. Add a bow tie or a cravat, a cane and a straw boater or cap and you are good to go. For more pizzazz wear a striped blazer and a flower in your buttonhole.

For a credible impersonation of Leopold Bloom, wear a black three-piece suit and a bowler hat. And don’t forget your lucky potato when you leave the house.

To turn from basic Edwardian look into Stephen Dedalus, just swap your cap or straw boater for a wide-brimmed, floppy hat and add a cane.

Man-about-town, Blazes Boylan, turns female heads in a straw boater, sky-blue bow tie and a red flower in his buttonhole.

An easily recognisable version of ‘Buck’ Mulligan wears a yellow dressing gown.

If you have not read Ulysses yet, why not start now by listening to the book read aloud, giving you a great introduction as well as a feel for Joyce’s language and the rich stories and characters that he created.

Here is the link: https://archive.org/details/Ulysses-Audiobook?mc_cid=19c8a1df3f&mc_eid=8bb3b2d75b

Mark the date and keep your eye on this location for the link and more information the date.

 

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