Bloomsday Alone from Joyce to Soyinka

Jun 15 2020 Posted: 11:00 IST

Isolation in the work of James Joyce and Wole Soyinka

12 noon Bloomsday 

Tuesday 16 June 2020 

– via Zoom

While imprisoned for political activities, Wole Soyinka, the Nigerian author and future Nobel Prize winner for Literature, turned to the writings of James Joyce. Soyinka’s poem ‘Ulysses: Notes from here to my Joyce class’ (from The Shuttle in the Crypt, 1972) considers time, space, and the self in isolation. Starting with this poem, our speakers consider the notion of isolation through the poetry and prose of both Joyce and Soyinka, followed by moderated discussion.


Aduke Gomez: Moderator
Aduke Gomez is a writer, event organiser, and the founder of Yxora Resources. Her recent book, Lost And Found In Lagos, was a featured book at the 2019 Lagos Book and Art Festival. Currently she is Chairman of the Art4Life Steering Committee of the Lagos State Ministry of Health.

Adrian Paterson: Speaker
Adrian Paterson is Lecturer in English at the National University of Ireland, Galway with an interest in modernism and Irish literature. Co-editor of the forthcoming The Edinburgh Companion to Yeats and the Arts, some of his writings on Joyce are included in The Poetry of James Joyce Reconsidered, ed. Marc C. Conner (Florida 2015).

Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún: Speaker
Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún is a Nigerian writer and linguist. His debut collection of poetry Edwardsville by Heart was published 2018 and he is currently a Chevening Research Fellow at the British Library in London. He is currently editing an anthology of poems about lockdown.

12 noon Bloomsday Tuesday 16 June 2020

via Zoom

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 Event organized by the Embassy of Ireland, Nigeria.


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