Monthly Archives: May 2012

A Liberated ‘Ulysses’ Twitterfest (Version 2.012)

Last year on 16 June, Bloomsday, 44 brave souls joined forces to tweet a highly condensed version of James Joyce’s Ulysses, front to back. Nearly 600 tweets flowed for 24 straight hours from a single Twitter account (now known as @2lysses). That phenomenal experiment joined Joyce fanatics scattered around the world in a virtual Bloomsday celebration that brought Ulysses to a new audience in a very unusual way.

That 2011 Twitter experiment did have some drawbacks, however, such as limiting the number of participants and the total number of tweets. In the last few weeks leading up to Bloomsday 2011, we had to turn away dozens of interested tweeps. So this year, in honor of the liberation of Ulysses from copyright in the European Union and its 90th birthday, we have concocted an all-new way for everyone (yes, Everyone!) to join in the Bloomsday 2012 Twitterfication of Ulysses. Here’s the deal:

* There is no limit on how many people can join the project this year.

* There are no limits on how many tweets you can post (within the natural confines of Twitter) or on which episodes you choose to tweet.

* You can tweet your favorite bits of an episode or post links to images, blogs, or videos related to specific episodes or scenes. (Make sure you know what episodes your tweets are from. Here’s a simple key.)

* This year you tweet from your own account whenever you want on 16 June (although early in the morning is best so others around the world can enjoy your posts).

There are a few new twists, however, to make this thing work:

* Keep each tweet to no more than 127 characters (including spaces).

* We will be using #hashtags to pull everyone’s tweets together (that’s why each tweet is shorter than 140 characters).

* In order to concentrate the worldwide burst of Ulysses tweets on Bloomsday, our #hashtags will be kept secret until the big day.

If you’d like to join the 2012 Ulysses Twitterfest, just drop me a line ( and you are in! I’ll send you project updates and the #hashtags on Friday, 15 June. — Steve Cole, Baltimore, Md.

FYI: Inside the ‘Ulysses Meets Twitter 2011’ experiment

Seven Projects Heading Toward Bloomsday

Seven creative Joyce-addled groups are hard at work bringing forth their new expressions of Ulysses that we announced here a few months ago. See below for links to all those efforts. We’ll be posting project updates between now and the first week of June. Look for the completed projects to be revealed here on Bloomsday 16 June 2012.

A Visual Poem Film of ‘Ithaca’

Print Passages from Ulysses Episodes

Steampunk Bejewelled Ulysses

‘Wandering Rocks’ to Meet in Dublin

Ulysses Strands, Letterpressed

Poem, Painting, and Macedonian

A Poetic ‘Tour-de-Bloomsday’

Dig into ‘Ulysses’ on New Facebook Group

I’ve been tweeting up a slow-rolling storm about James Joyce’s Ulysses for over a year now (first @11ysses, now @2lysses) and, hopefully, connecting other Joyce-addled fanatics around the world. But Twitter leaves a good bit to be desired as a forum for the type of languid, rambling discussion that Ulysses really calls out for. I don’t have much experience with Facebook, but maybe a Facebook Group would do the trick? Who knows, but if you’d like to try it out, take a look at the new “Dig Ulysses” group I set up today. Everyone is welcome who wants to thoughtfully dig into the book.


PROJECT UPDATE from Paige Gresty’s “Visual Poem Film” of the Ithaca episode in Ulysses. The story takes shape on paper …

Join a Small Group ‘Ulysses Dialogue’ in Dublin

Planning to be in Dublin for Bloomsday? How would you like to join a group of Ulysses fanatics for a discussion and reading in the heart of the Hibernian metropolis? We are gathering a group of a dozen or so for two hours of lively conversation about what Joyce’s novel means to each of us.

This ‘Ulysses Dialogue’ will take place on the eve of Bloomsday — Friday, 15 June 2012 — in central Dublin starting at 4 p.m. If you’d like to join us, send me an email at with your name, the name of the country where you live, and a few words describing what you’d like to discuss about Ulysses.

Deadline is Wednesday 9 May. If you’d like to attend with one or more other people, please send a single email with the above information about your group. — Steve Cole