Revered as the most famous Irish author of the past century, James Joyce’s novels have captured the imaginations of readers for decades. Now, a group of Boston College students and staff are bringing his works ‘Ulysses’ and ‘Dubliners’ into the 21st century with a new iPhone app called JoyceWays.
JoyceWays, upon its launch, will allow users “to explore the texture of the city [Dublin] through the footsteps of Leopold Bloom, Stephen Daedalus, and other Joycean favorites.”
JoyceWays has been under construction at Boston College for two years now and is now just under a month away from its official launch on Bloomsday, June 13tht. Utilizing Kickstarter, a website used to raise funds for new startup businesses, JoyceWays made leaps and bounds in securing most of their necessary funding, securing $900 - 10% of the team’s goal - in their first hour on the website.
In fact, on May 13, JoyceWays was chosen as the staff pick of the day by Kickstarter. Support has been steadily pouring in for the new app. Currently, JoyceWays has 309 backers on Kickstarter, and has secured an impressive $12,770 - surpassing their goal of $9,000.
Now, the team behind JoyceWays is on a mission to spread the word about their new app, which they describe as “An interactive tourist map, a study companion, an escapist's toy that professors and pupils alike will appreciate as an indispensable guide to James Joyce's Dublin.”
Check out their Facebook page here, their Twitter for updates, and their website here.
Here, watch the promo video for JoyceWays to learn more about the app:
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