Strict restrictions on James Joyce's Ulysses by Joyce's Paris-based grandson Stephen Joyce are finally being lifted.

Those trying to organise celebrations of the book were unable to do so by the restrictions placed by the Irish novelist and poet's grandson Stephen Joyce who is the main trustee of the Joyce estate and is extremely protective of the writer's work.

To date the only place where public readings of Ulysses are allowed are on Bloomsday in the James Joyce Centre in North Great George’s Street, reads the Irish Times.

The copyright on James Joyce's Ulysses expires next year and will liberate the text for use in the arts.



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Ms Herbert tells the Irish Times that, this year’s Bloomsday celebrations, which take place on Thursday, June 16th, will be the last where such restrictions will be observed.

She said the lifting of the copyright restrictions would be celebrated by a flash mob next year which would perform from each of the 18 chapters in the novel, while it would also allow for a proliferation of musical and dramatic representations of Joyce’s most famous work.

Bloomsday is June 16th and is a celebration of James Joyce's Ulysses which  was completed in October, 1921. Ulysses chronicles the passage of Jewish advertising canvasser Leopold Bloom through Dublin during an ordinary day, 16 June 1904.

Divided into eighteen episodes, the stream-of-consciousness  technique used in Ulysses makes it one of the most important works of Modernist literature.