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Landmark: Finnegans Wake

Novelist Eimear McBride, Joyce expert Finn Fordham and New Generation Thinker Eleanor Lybeck join Matthew Sweet to discuss a novel that attempts to 'reconstruct the nocturnal life'.

To mark Bloomsday on 16th June, Matthew Sweet is joined by novelist Eimear McBride, Finn Fordham - who has edited the Oxford edition of Finnegans Wake - and New Generation Thinker Eleanor Lybeck to discuss James Joyce's experimental novel.

Eimear McBride is the author of A Girl is a Half-formed Thing and The Lesser Bohemians
Professor Finn Fordham from Royal Holloway, University of London is the author of Lots of Fun at Finnegans Wake: I do I undo I redo: and he edited Finnegans Wake for Oxford World Classics
Eleanor Lybeck is a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker teaches at the University of Oxford and is the author of All on Show: The Circus in Irish Literature and Culture.

You can find more Free Thinking discussions about artworks which are Landmarks of Culture in this playlist on our website https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01jwn44

You might also be interested in last Sunday's Bloomsday edition of Words and Music on Radio 3. Stanley Townsend and Kathy Kiera Clarke read extracts from Ulysses with music from Wagner to Radiohead and a very special traditional number called 'Carolan's Farewell', played on the guitar once owned by none other than James Joyce himself.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006x35f

Producer: Luke Mulhall

Main image credit: Lolo Wood

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