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Vale Gabrielle Carey

Bloomsdays in Sydney will not be the same without Gabrielle Carey. As Sydney’s foremost Joycean academic, if not  Australia’s, her contribution to the promotion and understanding of James Joyce’s literature, especially Ulysses, was enormous. Gabrielle is the second Sydney Bloomsday officianado and acclaimed writer to leave us too early. The other being poet Martin Johnston, who died tragically a few days after the Bloomsday celebrations of 1990.

Thank you Gabrielle, and vale. 


Essay on Finnegan's Wake


Celebrate Bloomsday this year!

Sunday 16 June 2024


"Sherlockholmsing" Ulysses as James Joyce's modern/
postmodern "Novel of Adultery"
Thurs 13 June, 3-5pm, Robert Webster Bldg Room 327,
University of NSW, contact Sean Pryor
Bloomsday at the Gaelic Club
Beckett's at Glebe
Regional NSW
Florabel, Eden



What's it all about?

The Story of Ulysses: a podcast



Mary Morrissy reimagines Nora Barnacle for the 21st century

Penelope Unbound, 2023

      The author

     John Banville's review

Luke Gibbons on two harbingers of Irish decolonization

James Joyce and the Irish Revolution: The Easter Rising as Modern Event, 2023

The original 1922 text with essays

The Cambridge Centenary Ulysses, 2022

Gabrielle Carey's last

James Joyce: A Life, 2023

-and two 2023 reviews:

     Neverending story

     Contingency, vulnerability and sadness

Nuala O'Connor's bold reimagining

Nora, 2022

A Joycean's conversion:
Wisdom Literature
Hope, belief and celebration:
A Dublin Bloomsday, 2004

"How hard can this be?"
Two Gallants and Nine Bloomsdays
The Martin Johnston legacy:
If Greece has The Odyssey and Dublin Ulysses then Sydney has Cicada Gambit

Travel memoir
A Date with Trieste


-Bloomsday in Melbourne  click here 

-Bloomsday in Dublin   click here 

For Sydney's James Joyce Foundation website click here


Bloomsday is a celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce, during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set in Dublin on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June around the world. Joyce chose the date because it was the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle; they walked to the Dublin suburb of Ringsend. The name comes from Leopold Bloom, the Ulyssean protagonist.



usylessly unreadable Blue Book of Eccles

Finnegans Wake, James Joyce


The movements which work revolutions are born out of the dreams and visions in a peasant's heart on the hillside

Ulysses, James Joyce



Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.

Ulysses, James Joyce

 CONTACT:   Julian Neylan 
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