It's time to don that boater hat and and join Katherine Lynch and friends, for an evening of readings and songs from Ulysses, presented by the Bloomsday Festival - watch above from 6 pm on 16th June.

Bloomsday Readings and Songs is a long-standing and treasured tradition, and this year, Bloomsday 2021 will keep the tradition of Bloomsday alive by bringing us all together online.

Actress, comedian and great niece of Bloomsday founder Patrick Kavanagh, Katherine Lynch travels to many of Ulysses’ key locations throughout Dublin to introduce a cast of noted Irish writers, actors, musicians, pundits, and everyone in between, who will read extracts from Ulysses. The readings bring to life Joyce's immortal words, from his description of Dublin's "snotgreen sea", to Molly Bloom's famous "yes".

Katherine Lynch

Writers taking part this year include Goldsmith prize winner Kevin Barry, Booker prize nominee Paul Murray, Nuala O’Connor whose novel, Nora, about Nora Barnacle and James Joyce, was published earlier this year and authors Mia Gallagher and Blindboy Boatclub.

The world of music and spoken word is represented by chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan, actress and singer Maria Doyle Kennedy, spoken word poet Adam Mohamed, singer-songwriter Gemma Dunleavy and musician Jerry Fish.

Maria Doyle Kennedy

Stage and screen are represented by poet, performer and playwright Felispeaks, Fringe favourite Dusty Limits and actress and comedian Tara Flynn.

The world of Joycean Dublin is represented by our best-known Joycean scholar, Senator David Norris, Ulysses tour guide David Halpin and James Joyce lookalike, milliner John Shevlin.

Bringing the music of Joyce to life, composer Bryan Mullen is joined by Suzanne Savage and Brian Gilligan.

Readings and Songs is kindly supported by the BAI, Failte Ireland, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and The Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht.