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YoU Project Launch: Photos

Twas the eve before Bloomsday . . . speeches were short, Guinness abundant, and Joyce fans eager to chat at the MVP launch. Guests were able to check out the new website, discuss Joyce with Robert Amos and David Peacock, and admire the beautiful Joyce-inspired decorations at Peacock Billiards in Victoria, B.C. MVP Director Stephen Ross briefly introduced the new website and the Year of Ulysses project. He also announced the winners of the YoU Photo Competition. In short, a blooming grand time had by all.

Huge thank you to Michael Stevens for his excellent photography skills!

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Read the Telemachiad

The “Telemachiad” comprises the first three chapters of Ulysses: “Telemachus,” “Nestor,” and “Proteus.” The chapters were named by Joyce to correspond roughly with episodes in the ancient Greek epic poem Odyssey, by Homer. The first three chapters of Ulysses are collectively called the “Telemachiad” because they focus on Stephen Dedalus who corresponds loosely with Odysseus’ son Telemachus in the Odyssey. First timers, be warned: the third chapter, “Proteus,” is difficult and tedious — feel free to laugh along with Joyce at Stephen Dedalus’s pretentiousness and self-seriousness! Just keep going and you’ll be rewarded with the rest of the book.

Read the Telemachiad now.

Bloomsday Photo Competition

Inspired by the iconic picture of Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses and in preparation for Bloomsday, the MVP initiated the Bloomsday Photo Competition on Facebook. Joyce fans from Canada and the States posted their own photography on the theme, “Reading Ulysses,” with participants reading on Skype, on a mountain top, and on the toilet! The winners were announced at the Year of Ulysses and MVP Launch on June 15. For most Facebook likes, the winner was David Oswald. For distance from Dublin and Victoria, the winner was Aguinaldo Severino. Thank you for all submissions!