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6/6/12 11:47AM

Bloomsday Tampa Bay, the best new reason to grab a book, a beer, and a friend.

Bloomsday is named after James Joyce’s Ulysses’ central character, Leopold Bloom, and marks the day on which the action of the novel takes place, June 16th, and follows the life and thoughts of Bloom and a host of other colorful characters as they travel through the streets of Dublin.

Bloomsday • June 16, 2012 @ 6 - 10 PM

O’Brien’s Irish Pub, 701 West Lumsden Road, Brandon, FL 33511

For more info:Julie Williamson, 813-598-4841

Thanks to audio books, many of us have tasted the joys we thought we left behind in childhood – the pleasure of someone reading to you. Welcome to Bloomsday, the best new reason to grab a book, a beer and a friend.The Tampa Bay Arts & Education Network (TBAE) and O’Brien’s Irish Pub in Brandon are hosting Tampa’s third annualBloomsday, a celebration of all things Joycean to raise awareness of Irish literature and the joy of reading in the company of friends.

“Joyce’s words are meant to be read aloud…..‘Hoopsa boyaboy hoopsa!’looks silly on paper but comes alive when you hear it,” said Lucy Griggs of TBAE Network.“This is an evening of fun with limericks, music and group readings, celebrating the joy of reading in the company of friends.”

The readings will begin with localcelebrities Steve Otto and Brendan McLaughlin reading choice bits ofUlyssess followed by The Limerick Championship semi-finalist reciting their entries, in hopes of being crowned the 2012 Limerick Championship and wining the$250cash prize and trip to Las Vegas voucher.

Fans of traditional Irish music will be happy to hear, and sing along with, the Irish Buskers,a local five-person Celtic music band that plays some songs that are traditional, some that are melodic and sweet, and some that are well-known sing-along pub songs.

Tickets are $20 and include food & beverages. Get yours at

About the Tampa Bay Arts & Education Network

TBAE Network is a non-profit 5013 organization whichwas established in 1987 to encourage the joy of learning. The Tampa Bay Education Channel and its sister station, the Tampa Bay Arts Channel, present exceptional educational programs on local cable channels Bright House (614 & 620)and Verizon (32 & 34) in Tampa Bay.


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