Fans of James Joyce and beautiful books have a unique opportunity this week to help bring to life the first-ever collection of the wit and wisdom of Leopold Bloom, the everyman hero of Joyce’s epic novel Ulysses. The Baltimore-Dublin creative team behind the project has announced a very Joycean raffle to wrap up their fundraising campaign on the Indiegogo website.
Jamie Murphy, a designer and letterpress printer in Dublin, and Steve Cole, a James Joyce fanatic from Baltimore, announced in March their collaboration to bring Bloom’s unique blend of warmth, insight, and quirkiness into the world as a limited edition letterpress book handcrafted entirely in Ireland. Book blogger Billy Mills of The Guardian praised the project and its crowdfunding strategy as an innovative fusion of old and new communication technologies.
The new book will be called “The Works of Master Poldy,” a title invented by no less an authority on Leopold Bloom than his wife, Molly. In the final pages of Ulysses, Molly Bloom imagined publishing just such a book herself filled with the odd and funny things that would pop out of “Poldy’s” mouth.
This week’s raffle offers the creative fruits of Jamie and Steve’s first collaboration: a set of five large (21”x30”), colorful hand-printed posters of excerpts from Ulysses. The “Ulysses Strands” limited-edition broadsides were exhibited in June 2012 at the National Print Museum in Dublin as part of the city’s annual Bloomsday celebrations. The set, now sold out, was priced at $200 (150€). The slideshow below shows you the whole set, which were printed by Jamie and Mary Plunkett at the Distillers Press, National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
The raffle opens today and concludes with a drawing on May 2 in Baltimore.
Entering the raffle is easy. Anyone contributing online to the project’s Indiegogo campaign between April 28 and May 2 is automatically entered in the drawing for the set of “Ulysses Strands” posters. The minimum contribution is $10 (7€). If you contribute $100 (75€) or more, you receive four chances to win.
Each Indiegogo contribution level also comes with some great perks created just for this project, from Bloomsday 2013 bumper stickers and hand-printed postcards to an exclusive video tour of Joycean Dublin, a special day in Dublin with the “Master Poldy” team this Bloomsday, and a deluxe edition of the book. Descriptions of all the are on the campaign’s Indiegogo page.
The drawing will be held on Thursday, May 2, in Baltimore at the James Joyce Irish Pub & Restaurant (616 S. President St., @JamesJoycePubMD). Steve will be on hand at 5:30 p.m. with several of the “Ulysses Strands” posters to discuss the project and offer those in attendance some special raffle options. He will select the raffle winner at 8:30 p.m. EDT. You do not need to be present to win (but it will be a lot more fun!). The winner will be notified immediately by e-mail.
The “Master Poldy” Indiegogo campaign closes this Friday, May 3.
“The Works of Master Poldy” is due to be completed in time for this year’s Bloomsday celebrations of Joyce’s Ulysses on June 16. A special exhibit on the project in Dublin will be announced soon.
For more information about “The Works of Master Poldy” project, contact: