Happy Bloomsday

Day 40 of Colourisation Project – June 16

Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.

16 June 1904 marks the day Irish writer, James Joyce had his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle and for this reason Joyce chose this date as the setting for the events of his classic novel, Ulysses.

Throughout the world, this date is commemorated as Bloomsday, literally a literary feast-day. Derived from the name of the chief protagonist of the novel, Leopold Bloom, it was first celebrated in Dublin in 1954 and continues to be observed annually on 16 June. It is a day of commemoration and celebration of the life of James Joyce, during which the events of Ulysses are relived. Generally the day features readings of Ulysses. Worldwide it is celebrated in at least 60 countries including Trieste, Italy where the first part of Ulysses was written;  in Melbourne, Australia; the Czech Republic;  in many cities in the USA; and even in the Hungarian town of Szombathely, the fictional birthplace of Leopold Bloom’s father, Virág Rudolf, an emigrant Hungarian Jew.

James Joyce & Sylvia Beach

Photographer unknown – James Joyce & Sylvia Beach in her English Language bookshop, ‘Shakespeare and Company’  Paris, 1922 – Coloured by Loredana Crupi

More often than not Bloomsday is a fine excuse for downing a few Guinnesses.

Ulysses is the epic hour-by-hour account of one day, June 16, 1904 in Dublin. If you haven’t read the book, today is as good a day as any to pick up the tome and start reading it…and perhaps see what all the fuss is about.

Happy Bloomsday!


“I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality.” James Joyce on Ulysses


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