Bloomsday in Oklahoma
News16 June 2019
James Joyce mural in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Every year on the 16 June, Irish Embassies and Consulates all around the world join with Joyce enthusiasts to celebrate ‘Bloomsday’ - a global celebration of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses.
The story of Ulysses begins at 8am on 16 June 1904 and the story follows the main character, Leopold Bloom through to the early hours of the following morning.
Ulysses was first published in 1922 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest novels ever written.
This year, we travelled to Oklahoma to celebrate Bloomsday at a very special gathering at the Duet jazz club in Tulsa.
The gathering was organized by Professor Sean Latham who is the Editor of James Joyce Quarterly at the University of Tulsa. The James Joyce Quarterly is considered to be the journal of record on the life and writings of James Joyce. Home a world renowned James Joyce collection, Tulsa can quite rightly claim to have one of the most special Bloomsday celebrations in the United States.
The celebration included music performances by the Tulsa-based band ‘Cairde na Gael’ and theatrical readings from Ulysses by Theatre Tulsa.
The Consulate General of Ireland was delighted to support this event and to meet with members of the Irish community in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Actors from Theatre Tulsa reading from Ulysses at Duet jazz club in Tulsa, Oklahoma