James Joyce Reluctant Groom

London, England, 4th July 1931, Irish novelist James Joyce pictured after his Kensington register office wedding to Miss Nora Barnacle of Galway, Ireland who tries to her hide face (Photo by Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Loopline Film in association with the Irish CulturalCentre Hammersmith present the online premiere of the extraordinary story of how after living togetherfor almost three decades James Joyce married Nora Barnacle in London on 4 July 1931. The poet Niall McDevitt takes us on a London-based Bloomsday walkstopping at the houses of people who were closely connected with Joyce and his career. One of them,Wyndham Lewis, coined the phrase ‘the Men of 1914’to describe himself, Joyce, T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound.

A highlight of the film is when Niall takes us to the house where James and Nora lived for the best part of a year on Camden Grove. James and Nora’s children Giorgio and Lucia came to visit and so did paparazzi seeking out a good story. Joyce rechristened the house Camden Grave. There was high drama again with the press when the wedding day arrived and Nora and James arrived at Kensington Registry Office. This thirty minute poetic documentary is a rollercoaster ride through the lives of some of the giants of twentieth century literature. Niall McDevitt is the author of three collections of poetry, b/w (Waterloo Press, 2010), Porterloo (International Times, 2013) and Firing Slits, Jerusalem Colportage (New River Press, 2016).

Directed Filmed & Edited by  Sé Merry Doyle Produced by Rosalind Scanlon

A Loopline Production Copyright 2020

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