Bloomsday Events – Getting Up James Joyce’s Nose

The Bloomsday Festival is on the Nose in Joyce

There are 3 events: the Play (Getting Up James Joyce’s Nose), 14-18 June; the Seminar on 16 June  at 3.30pm for 4pm (plenty of tickets), and the  Dinner (unhappily dinner is sold out) on 16 June.

The Play: Getting Up Joyce’s Nose. The centrepiece of the Bloomsday in Melbourne James Joyce festival is a play,  Getting Up James Joyce’s Nose, directed by Wayne Pearn. This brand new, cyberpunk-goes-to-the-circus production puts the great novel Ulysses into unusual conversations with naturalists and with sexologists of the early twentieth century. In addition to Bloomsday’s veteran Joyce actors, the Tatty Tenors from Brisbane will again add their vaudevillian comedy to the proceedings. Tickets for Bloomsday itself have sold out, but the surrounding days are still easy to book for. Remember, these events sell out, so get in quick while there’s still time!
7:30pm Wednesday 14 June. Preview price: $29
7.30pm Thursday 15 June ($39 and $35 conc.)
8pm Friday 16th June 2017 ($39 and $35 conc.) ALMOST SOLD OUT
7.30pm Saturday 15 June ($39 and $35 conc.)
7.30pm Saturday 17 June ($39 and $35 conc.)
3.00pm Sunday 18 June (MATINEE)

WhereMelba Spiegeltent, 35 Johnston St, Collingwood

Cost$39 ($35 concessions and $29 at the Preview on Wed.)

How to book: Online or phone 03 9898 2900 or 0419 004 760.


The Seminar: Sniffing around James Joyce’s Dublin


You could make a Joycean afternoon of it? At Mamma Vittoria’s, at 4pm we have our annual Bloomsday Seminar. This year, two Joycean experts discuss a little-considered aspect of Joyce’s work, his interest in matters olfactory.

Event: Bloomsday Seminar
When: 3.30pm for 4.00pm Friday 16th June 2017
WhereMamma Vittoria’s, 343 Smith St, Fitzroy
Cost$20 ($15 concessions)
How to book: How to book: Online or phone 03 9898 2900 or 0419 004 760.

Further information: Dr. Steve Carey: ‘ Joyce’s Organ Works – Making Scents of ‘Ulysses’

James Joyce’s literary masterpiece IS to be sniffed at. Despite its status as the ‘Cinderella sense,’ smell is in fact the most evocative. And Joyce is one of the few authors to give it its due: Joyce picks his nose – and runs with it. Steve Carey talks illuminatingly about the world of smell and world of smells in Ulysses. But be warned… this talk may kick up a stink!

Dr. Frances Devlin-Glass: ‘Led by the Nose: the Uses of Smell in Ulysses

Joyce demonstrates the ‘meticulosity of the insane’ in documenting smell in Ulysses, a fact noted by only two scholars. As well as doing with smell what contemporary naturalistic writers (mainly continentental) were doing, odours (sweet and savoury)  take Joyce deeply into place and memory, and into discussion about the body and what was previously unspeakable. Most interestingly, it takes Joyce into the territory newly colonised by late nineteenth-century sexology, and musty body smells become a strangely perverse bedfellow on Bloom’s return to his marital bed.


Chaired by The Hon. Barry Jones A.C. who is to become Bloomsday in Melbourne’s first patron, and will be installed, with appropriate Joyce-inspired ceremonial, at the Dinner.

PS: Festival Packages have also sold out.