Bloomsday, June 16th, is an annual celebration among James Joyce fans throughout the world, from Fuengirola to Melbourne. It is celebrated in at least sixty countries worldwide, but nowhere so imaginatively, of course, as in Dublin.
The novel, ‘Ulysses’, by James Joyce recounts the hour-by-hour events of one day in Dublin, June 16, 1904, as an ordinary Dubliner, Leopold Bloom, wends his way through the urban landscape, the odyssey of a modern-day Ulysses.
For the third year Joyce fans are planning a simple reading, swim or paddle off the beach in Fuengirola on Bloomsday, which conveniently falls on a Sunday.
What makes this event a little different is that the readers are encouraged to read their pieces in their own language.
This is a fun, non intellectual, nor threatening event. A get together providing the opportunity to become fully immersed in – sea water. And it is free, all that is required is that you turn up on time to participate.
7.45 am – Beach assembly. In front of the Hotel Florida Fuengirola.
8 am – Divest and dive into “the snot green scrotum tightening sea” – heated by the Spanish summer sunshine.
8.30 am – Readings (all readings will be about one page long) lead off by those present followed up by voluntary readings by like-minded male and female participants in their own language wearing varieties of costumes, hats and beachwear.
10 am – Had enough? OK, then Swim, Dip or Paddle again before adjourning to the local Chiringito (La Cepa Playa) for toast, olive oil, coffee and chat.
Further information is available from Roger Cummiskey at +34 666 782 642 or www.rogercummiskey.com/bloomsday-2013/