Sunday, June 01, 2008

Bloomsday at the Montague

The 16th June is Bloomsday, celebrated in Ireland and elsewhere to commemorate James Joyce and in particular his novel Ulysses. The novel, whose main character is Leopold Bloom, is set on 16th June 1904.

The event has also been celebrated in Hungary for some years, in the town of Szombathely, where the fictional Leopold Bloom's Jewish family is said to have come from. For some reason I have yet to fathom this year's Hungarian DadaBloomsday is being celebreated in South East London, starting off on with a pre-Bloomsday afternooon on Sunday 15 June at 5 pm at the Ivy House (40 Stuart Road, SE15). The main event is on Monday 16 June at the Montague Arms (289 Queens Road, SE15 - 8 pm start)– with Trombone Poetry, Foul Geese and Hungarian artists.

(thinking about it, is the Hungarian avant garde connection with South London via Brain of Morbius? - the locally-based band are fairly big in Hungary and I notice that Foul Geese includes ex-members of BoM)

No comments: