Relive Ulysses as Melbourn village transformed into set of novel

Hugh Pollock and Naomi Brind dress up as James Joyce characters Leopold Bloom and Molly Bloom

Hugh Pollock and Naomi Brind dress up as James Joyce characters Leopold Bloom and Molly Bloom - Credit: Archant

A Cambridgeshire village will be transformed into the mystical world of Joyce’s Ulysses on the exact day the novel is set.

The day out in Melbourn will host a number of activities featured in the book, including a Bloomsday lunch, a walk around the village with protagonist Leopold Bloom and an afternoon funeral. People are encouraged to dress up for the event.

Any donations made to the Melbourn Bloomsday Celebration will be given to international charity Water Aid – which helps poor communities across the world get clean water.

The event – held on June 16 – starts with a Bloomsday breakfast at 8.20am and shopping at the Coop and Leech’s butchers.

An evening lecture by Dr Jeremy Noel-Todd from the University of East Anglia will be held at Melbourn Village College from 7.15pm.


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Villagers will say goodbye to Leopold Bloom at the Black Horse Pub from 9pm till late.

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