The O’Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College, Dublin.
Sinead O’Doherty of the Bloomsday festival writes:
Literary aficionado and comedian Stephen Fry talked about all things Joyce and modernist literature with Senator David Norris as part of our annual Interview programme in Joyce’s own alma mater, Belvedere College.
Stephen Fry in interview with David Norris spoke about Ulysses fondly and quipped that “There’s very few books that could generate such a day. It’s marvelous. A book that’s entirely of it’s place, even the taxi driver from the airport was able to point out where he (Bloom) bought his lemon soap.” He went on to say how he “found Dylan Thomas to be a bit putrid” and that “the best writers of English always seem to be Irish.”
There were a few comical moments during the evening, at one point the laptop projecting behind Norris and Fry went into screensaver “searching” mode, Fry joked that “It’s probably searching for Grindr” to which Norris responded that he’s “only just found out about Grindr”
Fry spoke about his education and discovery of literature while watching the movie version of The Importance of Being Earnest at age 10/11. I” didn’t know language could be an art, I knew music could, I knew a picture could, It was a total revelation to me”…. “I kind of received an accidental literary education outside school and I found language to be a great deflection for bullies.”
Stephen Fry congratulated David for his part in the Marriage Equality campaign to which the audience gave a raucous cheer.
Fair play, in fairness.
Pics: Ruth Medjber