A magical night of literature and Joycean history entitled Seeing Ulysses, awaits visitors to 2 Grafton Street this Ulysses Centenary Culture Night. Presented by Frances Flannery, Irish author and founder of The Leopold Bloom Press, visitors on arrival are first recommended to inspect the Ulysses plaque set into the pavement outside 2 Grafton Street which commemorates this location as the former Yeates and Sons Opticians, as referenced in Ulysses. Inside the building, Dr. Cleo Hanaway-Oakley, a visiting Joycean scholar from Bristol University will shed light on the astonishing links in Ulysses which exist between sight and vision, new findings which make because of the references to Yeates and Son Opticians in Ulysses, 2 Grafton Street a leading attraction at this year’s Centenary Culture Night 2022.
Guests who enter the two hundred-year-old Joycean building on Culture Night can look forward to a curated photographic history of artefacts and stories linking the building to the pioneering 20th-century writer James Joyce’s modernist classic Ulysses through themes of sight, and to Yeates and Sons Opticians, the buildings original tenant. Dr. Cleo Hanaway-Oakley of Bristol University will present fascinating academic research which contends that understanding James Joyce’s poor eye sight, and ophthalmic troubles offers a different and new way of reading Ulysses.
The Leopold Bloom Press was founded by Irish author Frances Flannery in February 2022 at 2 Grafton Street, exactly one hundred years to the day that Ulysses was first published in Paris. In a bid to hone fairness, diversity and equality in publishing, The Leopold Bloom Press aims to find the books of the future by allowing communities of online book readers to have their say on the writing that is ultimately selected for publication. This innovative concept press has growing communities on TikTok and Instagram. Staying with the theme of sight and vision this Centenary Culture Night 2022, visitors to The Leopold Bloom Press at 2 Grafton Street can enjoy a reading from The Leopold Bloom Press’s highly acclaimed first title Writing Man by the press’s founder Frances Flannery; an extract in which the protagonist dons unnecessary spectacles in a bid to enhance his writerly cachet.
Culture Night Competition
Frances Flannery will be signing copies of Writing Man at The Leopold Bloom Press. Winner receives a signed copy of Writing Man and a gorgeous Leopold Bloom Press tote bag from The Leopold Bloom Press. Enter the competition here.