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    Northampton remembers Lucia at Bloomsday

    By Noreen Bowden | May 21, 2007

    An Irishman living in Northampton will lead a commemoration of Bloomsday at the grave of Lucia Joyce in Kingsthorpe cemetary in Northamption. Lucia Joyce, the daughter of exiled Irish writer James Joyce, spent many years in a mental hospital before her death in 1982. This will be the fourth Bloomsday the Irish Community Arts Project will spend at Lucia’s grave.

    Organiser Peter Mulligan told the Irish Times,

    The concept is that the Joyce family, like a lot of Irish people in Northampton, left Ireland for a better life elsewhere and we see Lucia as a focus for that. We relate her life to the Irish diaspora of which she was a part…

    She’s buried among East Europeans, Serbs and Yugoslavs because she was born in Trieste. The nice thing is that she’s near the grave of (emigrant writer) Donall Mac Amhlaigh, who lived all his life here working on the M1, M6 and Milton Keynes.

    For more information, contact the project.

    Topics: arts and culture, Latest News, monuments and memorials | 1 Comment »

    One Response to “Northampton remembers Lucia at Bloomsday”

    1. Mulligan Says:
      April 22nd, 2009 at 7:04 pm

      6th Bloomsday

      16th June 2009 in Northampton

      A Celebration of Literature – Words – Wit – Wisdom – Where?

      James Joyces book ‘Ulysses’ depicts the events of one day when Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom took their epic journey through Dublin.

      For millions of people, June 16 is an extraordinary day. On that day in 1904, Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom each took their epic journeys through Dublin in James Joyce’s Ulysses, the world’s most highly acclaimed modern novel.

      “Bloomsday”, as it is now known, has become a tradition for Joyce enthusiasts all over the world. From Tokyo to Sydney, San Francisco to Paris, Trieste to Northampton, dozens of cities around the globe hold their own Bloomsday festivities.
      The celebrations usually include readings as well as staged re-enactments and street-side improvisations of scenes from the story.

      To celebrate that special day, known as Bloomsday, the Irish Community Arts Project will present a reading by invited literary figures at the graveside of Lucia Anna Joyce who died in Northampton in 1982.

      The event will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 16th June 2008 at Kingsthorpe Cemetery.

      The Masque/Triskillion Theatre Company will perform in period costume.

      Further details from

      Peter Mulligan
      Project Co-ordinator
      NCA Arts Project
      Northampton Connolly Association
      5 Woodland Avenue
      Abington Park
      Northampton NN3 2BY

      Tel. 01604-715793