In honour of one of its greatest writers, James Joyce (1882 – 1941), the Irish embassy in Nigeria has announced a poetry writing competition to celebrate Bloomsday, which is always observed on July 16 every year in honour of the writer.


·Entrant must be resident in Nigeria

·Write a poem on the theme, Isolation

·The poem must NOT be more than 40 lines

·Send your poem to [email protected] with subject, BLOOMSDAY COMPETITION

The winner gets 50,000 NGN cash prize and a publication on Brittle Paper

The deadline for submission is July 16, 2020

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About James Joyce

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce, popularly known as James Joyce was born on February 2, 1882, in Dublin, Ireland. He was a modernist writer whose style was both complex and explicit. His works often depict stream-of-consciousness that awes his readers. He was both a novelist, short story writer and a poet.The language of his works was quite experimental and he explored new literary methods in his works.  His famous work in 1916, Portrait of the Artist attracted the attention of the famous poet Ezra Pound and earned him strong recognition in the circle of poets. However, his most groundbreaking work was Ulysses, which is often hailed as one of the finest novels ever written.

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Sadly, James Joyce died at the age of 59 on January 13, 1941, at the Schwesternhause von Roten Kreuz Hospital. He is buried in Fluntern cemetery in Zurich.

James Joyce’s seven notable works are:

  • 'Dubliners' (1914) Dubliners was Joyce's first publication of prose and the only collection of his short stories published during his lifetime.
  • 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' (1916) ...
  • 'Exiles' (1918) ...
  • 'Ulysses' (1922) ...
  • 'Pomes Penyeach' (1927) ...
  • 'Finnegans Wake' (1939) ...
  • 'Finn's Hotel' (1923/2013)

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