Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Bloomsday is a commemoration observed annually on 16 June in Dublin Ireland and around the world to celebrate the life of Irish writer James Joyce and relive the events in his novel Ulysses, all of which took place on the same day in Dublin in 1904. The name derives from Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of Ulysses. 16 June was the date of Joyce's first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle, when they walked to the Dublin village of Ringsend.
Here is an MP3 clip of Joyce reading his work. His voice certainly seems to fit his characters - most of whom were based on the common folk he knew personally and were just common folk.