A global James Joyce read-along to mark 100 years of ULYSSES…

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To celebrate one hundred years since Sylvia Beach, publisher and bookseller, published James Joyce’s ULYSSES, Hay Festival is partnering the iconic bookshop Shakespeare and Company, Paris, on a global read-along of the complete text to be released as a free podcast between the 100th anniversary of the publication on 2 February 2022 and Bloomsday on 16 June 2022.

The readers include Stephen Fry, Margaret Atwood, Meena Kandasamy, Will Self, Jeanette Winterson, Olivia Laing, Ben Okri, Ishion Hutchinson, Paul Murray, Deborah Levy, Caoilinn Hughes, Eddie Izzard, Sylvia Whitman, and many more.  

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“In order to celebrate the centenary of this gargantuan, sprawling, polyphonic and wildly ambitious work of literature it felt only right to attempt something a little bit crazy ourselves. We hope that this diverse celebration of Ulysses, read by some of the most brilliant contemporary writers and performers, and made freely available to listeners around the world, will introduce James Joyce's modernist masterwork to a whole new generation” - Adam Biles, Literary Director of Shakespeare and Company.

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