Madeleine Keane on books

Sunday Independent, 30/1/22


Warning! Here Comes Everybody, as Joyce wrote in the sketch which became Finnegans Wake. The publications in this centenary year are as endless as they are varied. Here's but a soupçon.

Our new Fiction Laureate, the masterly Colm Tóibín, has edited One Hundred Years of James Joyce's Ulysses. Due from Penn State University Press in June, it comprises 10 essays by preeminent Joyce scholars and curators of his manuscripts and early editions, as well as an interview with Sean Kelly, the New York gallery owner who donated his extensive Joyce collection to The Morgan Library & Museum.

Our  own Museum of Literature Ireland has just launched a new digital platform, where visitors can explore all manner of Joyceana. Organisers can upload their own events and as the year progresses, happenings from around the world will be added.

Simon O'Connor, director of MoLI observed, "this allows us to show just how far Joyce's work has travelled, and how it continues to inspire people the world over.” The website is live until 2023; then contents will be publicly available via MoLI's digital archive.

On Thursday, An Post released two new 'Ulysses 100' stamps honouring the great man's work. Conceived by Amsterdam-based Irish designers The Stone Twins, these long, horizontal stamps are appropriately Modernist in style, and make use of black and white photographs by JJ Clarke - a Monaghan doctor who took vivid images of daily Dublin life as a medical student there between 1897 and 1904. Available at selected post offices and

The second episode of Henry Eliot's literary podcast On the Road with Penguin Classics lands on Wednesday. Professor of James Joyce Studies at UCD, Anne Fogarty will talk about Ulysses, Joyce and Dublin. You can access it for free on Audible, Spotify, Apple et alia.

Madeleine Keane


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