Friday, 15 March 2030


Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, readings on site have been suspended until further noticeIn the meantime, the group carries on reading the Wake online at the usual time (Thu, 7 p.m.). Updates about its progress continue to be given on this site.

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Saturday, 12 September 2020

Thursday, 10 September 2020 (612.21)


The last reading stopped mid-sentance at: “ruinboon pot before” (612.21)

Sunday, 6 September 2020

Sunday, 30 August 2020

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Thursday, 20 August 2020 (608.32)

The last reading stopped at: “the Phoenican wakes.” (608.32) 

One modest favourite was:

As well as a more ambitious passage:

Signs are on of a mere by token that wills still to be becoming upon this there once a here was world. (608.26)

Sunday, 16 August 2020

Thursday, 13 August 2020 (607.16)


The last reading stopped at: “lovesoftfun at Finnegan's Wake.” (607.16)

Some famourites were:



Nuotabene. (606.13)

O ferax cupla! (606.23)

Sunday, 9 August 2020

Thursday, 6 August 2020 (606.12)


The last reading stopped at: “Yee.” (606.12)

Favourite passages were Kevin's


   his ...

                  ... altar super bath (605.14) ...


                                ... bath propter altar (605.21) ...


                     ... altar unacumque bath (605.32) ...


    ... his tubbathaltar (606.2) ...


                                        ... that handbathtub (606.7)



Saturday, 1 August 2020

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Thursday, 23 July 2020 (603.23)

The last reading stopped at: “a citting.” (603.23)

One favourite was, perhaps not surprisingly these days:

you in a guessmasque, latterman! (603.3)

Sunday, 19 July 2020

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Thursday, 9 July 2020 (601.13)

The last reading stopped at: “a clanagirls.” (601.13)

One favourite was:

Homos Circas Elochlannensis! (600.29)

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Thursday, 2 July 2020 (600.14)

The last reading stopped at: “Goodspeed the blow!” (600.14)

One favourite place was:

Father Times and Mother Spacies (600.2)

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Thursday, 18 June 2020 (598.9)

The last reading stopped at: “Diu!” (598.9)

The passage that was covered reads well and contains a number of amusing places. To pick just one favourite:

You hald him by the tap of the tang. (598.3)

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Thursday, 4 June 2020 (596.15)

The last reading stopped at: “fert in fort;” (596.15)

A favourite was:

Thus faraclacks the friarbird. (595.33)

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Thursday, 21 May 2020 (594.5)

The group has now started Book IV, opening with calls to wake up. The reading stopped at: “theeadjure” (594).

Quake up, dim dusky (593.14)

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Thursday, 14 May 2020 (590.12)

The last reading stopped at: Praypaid my promishles!” (590.12)

Some favourite passages were:



For those interested in Joyce’s theatre company The English Players, “fancy, they were free! (588.36) may carry overtones of a play they performed in Zurich in 1919.



Advertisement in the Tagblatt der Stadt Zürich (1919), 8 December

Fancy Free is a one-act comedy by Stanley Houghton, amusingly wicked, mildly provocative but light-hearted (publ. c. 1912):

Fancy, a married woman, has run away with her lover, Alfred. The opening of the play finds her writing to her husband, Ethelbert, from a hotel to tell him she has left him forever. To the couple’s great surprise, they run into the husband, who has himself run away with his lover Delia and is staying in the same hotel. None of the four seem too perturbed, however, and start to discuss their situation and one another’s shortcomings. Finally, Fancy pairs off with her husband again and Delia starts to attract Alfred's interest. The play closes with Delia’s words to Ethelbert “Do you know, you've got the most delightfully wicked eyes”.


To see more about The English Players’ performances in Zurich, find an essay here.



misflooded his fortunes (589.27)

the grand tryomphal arch (590.9)

fancy, they were free! (588.36)




Saturday, 9 May 2020

Thursday, 7 May 2020 (588.28)

The last reading stopped at: “Esch so eschess, douls a doulse!” (588.28)

Here's a visual rendering for one of the passages just read:

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Thursday, 30 April 2020 (587.31)

The last reading stopped at “Briss!” (587.31)

The pages that the group has gone through included the lines “mean fawthery eastend appullcelery, old laddy he high hole” (586.27–28). Fritz Senn has published elucidating notes about this passage. Find excerpts from his essays by clicking on the icons below.

Click on the feathery chap to see Fritz's notes in English:

Click on the Appenzell painting to see his notes in German:

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Thursday, 23 April 2020 (585.33)

The last online reading stopped at “after that!” (585.33), after learning plenty about: 

Friday, 17 April 2020

Thursday, 16 April 2020 (584.25)

In keeping with the restrictions necessary during the current Corona pandemic, and thanks to Pablo’s initiative in setting up a conference call, the reading group was able to convene online on Thursday, April 16. 

The reading stopped at: “the morgans.” (584.25)

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Friday, 6 March 2020

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Friday, 14 February 2020

Thursday, 13 February 2020 (578.32)

The last reading stopped at: “womanahoussy” (578.32)

Among the group's favourites was this distortion of an Austrian phrase:

Happy tea area, naughtygay frew! (578.22)
(Habe die Ehre, gnädige Frau.)

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Thursday, 6 February 2020 (578.6)

The last reading stopped at: “pharrer and livite” (578.6)

Among the group's favourites were:



monk and sempstress, in sackcloth silkily (577.31)
king of the yeast (578.4)

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Thursday, 30 January 2020 (577.16)

The last reading stopped at: “screendoll Vedette” (577.16)

Some of the group's favourite passages were:




basilisk glorious with his weeniequeenie (577.2)       
great gas with fun-in-the-corner (577.7)
humpered and elf (577.14)

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Thursday, 23 January 2020 (576.35)

The last reading stopped at: “deliver them” (576.35)

Some of the group's favourite passages were:




mirrorminded curiositease  (576.24)    
perils behind swine (576.25)        
the alteregoases of their pseudoselves (576.32)