Here’s to –

Nora the barnacle goose –

Skin-the-Goat –

the giggle fit of bronze by gold –

the blind stripling piano tuner tap tap tapping along –

socks with skyblue clocks, jaunty –

Plumtree’s Potted Meats, which can make of each home an abode of bliss –

Rose of Castille and rows of cast steel –

met him pike hoses –

Come forth, Lazarus!  And he came fifth and lost the job –

On his wise shoulders through the checkerwork of leaves the sun flung spangles, dancing coins –

Private Carr and his escalating oath –

lame Gerty limping, a dreamer –

those lovely seaside girls –

the heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit –


BLOOMSDAY CONTEST: Fair City by Trish Keane Nugent.

Fair City

Head to Temple bar
down cobbled streets
Singing along to distant beats
From basement night clubs crammed with bodies swaying
People enjoying city life and staying
for the weekend in Dublin city.

Where the girls are so pretty
Teetering in high heels
For pints in O’neills
Tapping on their mobile phone
On streets where once walked Molly Malone.

She didn’t own Manolos or Jimmy choos
Impractical and expensive shoes
Not designed for walking very far
Only meant for car to bar.

They’re all so Alive alive oh
As they go with the flow
Drinking cider and fat frogs
Not Guinness or hair of the dog
Like people in days gone by.

I can almost hear the cry
Of Ulysses
At their sophisticated ways.

BLOOMSDAY CONTEST: Christine Greenslade

Christine Greenslade
Contemporary/surrealist artist

Born in Penzance, Cornwall ,England,1947.
Retired contract interior designer
National Awards and International recognition for design (interior and advertising) Lived and worked in England, Bermuda, Germany, and Spain
At present living in Pays de Loire, France. Works in oils or acrylics on board or canvas. Use of collage and newpaper as principal part of design.
Living in the heart of the Andulucian mountains, poor and frustrated, I turned to painting as a way of release.  I soon discovered it was my missing link the part that is always in front of you but you never see!  Spain gave me the colours I love and the passion I feel.  Inspired by a Picasso  documentary and the simple way he used shape, form and colour allowed me to do my latest collection. I love the characters of the normal man or woman in the street and I’ve endeavored to capture this in its simplist form. Showing love, anger, disputes between races, old love, and a soupson of humour .  I hope you enjoy and that they will impress upon your memory.  Please contact me at http://www.artslantParis or Amsterdam under christine greenslade or e-mail to purchase originals or limited copies.  telephone:00 33 241610986

BLOOMSDAY CONTEST: Ulysses 101 by David Clark.

The first of our Bloomsday contest submissions are arriving. Here is a lovely jumble by David Clark of Nova Scotia called Ulysses 101. He describes as “triptych of randomly combined clips,” that ingeniously riff’s off Joyce’s epic in style and content. Read all about it below and view the piece by clicking on the link below. It’s interactive, so be sure to click each picture to view all the lovely nooks and crannies.

Ulysses 101 by David Clark
2006, Interactive Website (Flash)Produced at a residency at La Chambre Blanche, Quebec City

This interactive video was shot on the 101st anniversary of Bloomsday, the fictional day documented in James Joyce’s Ulysses. The piece is a triptych of randomly combined clips of Mary Beth Canty, a musician who was living in Quebec City just around the corner from where I was doing a residency at La Chambre Blanche that summer. As well there are animated collages that use excepts from the text on page 101 of ‘Ulysses’ by James Joyce woven into the piece. There are 101 clips that are triggered by the viewer’s click. The piece was inspired by the spirit of Joyce’s novel to capture the day in the life of a person and it is also an interactive mash-up of the Joyce’s words.