THE LOTUS EATERS - A Bloomsday Odyssey
From Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland
The Lotus Eaters:
Kieran and Gaye Griffin: co-founders of the Oscar Wilde Autumn School, which ran in Bray for 8 years. Guest speakers included actors Sheridan Morley, Donald Sinden and Stephen Berkoff; poets Derek Mahon, Bernard O'Donoghue, Paul Durcan, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Richard Murphy; journalists Joanathan Philbin Bowman and Anne Doyle; academics Senator David Norris, Declan Kiberd, Ulick O'Connor, Terry Eagleton and David Rose.
Michael Sheridan: acted with Garry Hynes and Marie Mullen in Galway University and is former principal of a large mixed school in Bray. He is a founder member of the Bray Arts Group, which campaigned successfully for the building of what is now the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray. He recently performed the Christmas Dinner scene from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in 1, Martello Terrace Bray, (where the scene is set) with Gaye Griffin. Other members of the group also read and performed extracts from Joyce. He attended the centenary of Oscar Wilde’s death in Paris in 2000, and has taken Bray students to Pére Lachaise Cemetery to see Epstein’s tomb of Wilde.
He is married to:
Brigid Murtagh: studied English Literature and Drama in University College Dublin and read and wrote on James Joyce’s Ulysses. In drama she studied, interpreted and performed Samuel Beckett’s short plays. She first read Ulysses while in school and attended workshops, lectures, films and courses etc. She is a frequent reader of Ulysses in Sweny's chemist in Dublin on a weekly basis. Every year she attends Bloomsday breakfast hosted by Gaye and Kieran Griffin. This involves performing passages from Ulysses and other Joyce works. She regularly attends artistic events on Irish and Anglo-Irish literature, and attended the centenary commemoration of Oscar Wilde’s death in Paris in November 2000 with his grandson Merlin Holland and the actor Donald Sinden.
Ken Kavanagh: a former senior Health Service manager, he has over 25 years' involvement in amateur dramatics as both actor and director. He has a particular interest in the works of Joyce, Synge and O’Casey
More information coming soon.
Interested in a BLOOMSDAY BRUNCH....
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In Finnigans Wake, Anna Livia Plurabelle
"Or where was he born or how was he found? Ungothland, Tvistown on the Kattekat? New Hunshire, Concord on the Merrimake."
Which of course in plain English is
Merrimack River, Concord, New Hampshire.
The Merrimack River will duplicate for the River Liffey this year.
A walk by the River Merrimake in New Hunshire with reading from ULYSSES
Bloomsday 16th June, 2012
Watch this space for further information and time.