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Sunday 13th of May - Westland Row - sketching inspired by James Joyce's Ulysses
On Sunday 13th of May Dublin Sketchers are going to sketch around Westland Row. We will be inspired by James Joyce's epic book about Dublin - Ulysses.
Note: this will not be a sketch crawl, but feel free to move around the area to explore the setting of the Lotus Eaters chapter!
If you want a bit of background to Ulysses and the Lotus Eaters chapter, meet on the steps of St Andrews Church at 2pm.
Spots of note:
Sweny's Chemist, at the top of Westland Row, where Bloom buys lemon soap. This location is available from 1 to 3pm. There is a reading in German at 2pm, but it's generally not too busy. The Italian reading at 3 is often busy so they would like us to make room for the Italian visitors by then.
St Andrews Church, referred to as All Hallows (just in case you're searching through the chapter). I have checked with one of the priests, and they are happy for us to sketch inside the church, but note that there is a mass from 2 to 3, so try to go in earlier or later. Preferably earlier as the priest told me that some of the other priests close the church after the mass on Sundays! So 1 to 2pm, preferably.
Note that Bloom enters the church "by the rere", which is on Cumberland Street South, an area that looks worth exploring!
Post Office near Pearse Station, where Bloom collects a letter from a lady friend. Unfortunately this no longer exists, but the Centra has a post office sign, so you could sketch in the café there, particularly if the weather is wet.
Pearse Station: there are some references to the trains passing by and to the station itself.
4pm meet for a drink in Kennedy's Pub at the top of Westland Row
If you want to, you can draw on the theme of the Lotus Eaters chapter from James Joyce's Ulysses. Short video below, presented by Jessica Peel-Yates.
If you're joining in the Ulysses sketch book project, you might want to get a dedicated sketch book for it. Or work on A4 or A3 loose leaf pages.
If it's your first time out .... bring your own paper and pens/pencils, turn up, say hello to anyone who looks like a sketcher and get stuck in! You'll meet everyone at 4pm over a drink in Kennedy's Pub at the top of Westland Row.
Ulysses sketchbook project 2018
Between February and June, Dublin Sketchers will get down and dirty with James Joyce. We’ll sketch in some of the places that appear in his big book Ulysses – a 700 page crazy epic that takes place on one day in Dublin in 1904. That day is celebrated every year as Bloomsday, 16th June. Here's an 18 minute intro to the whole book.
The Drawing on Joyce sketchbook project will take inspiration from Ulysses – the stories, the characters, the rumour and humour. We’ll sketch pubs, chemists and cafés. Parks, martello towers and cemeteries. The sketchbooks will be a record of time and place, now and then. They will reveal Ulysses, one drawing at a time.
The sketch books will be exhibited during the Bloomsday Festival. If you don’t want to exhibit your sketches, that is totally fine. Just come out with Dublin Sketchers as usual.
You can follow the development of the project on the website, and Twitter @DublinSketchers and @DrawingonJoyce.
If you can’t join the sketch crawls in Dublin, then tweet your related sketch during the week of the sketch out. Next project date will be Sunday 10th June.