At the heart of Episode 8 (Lestrygonians), is Leopold Bloom’s search on foot for somewhere to eat in the centre of Dublin – he settles eventually for a gorgonzola cheese sandwich that he cuts into small sections and a glass of white wine for digestion. Walking and food are also at the heart of Galician culture. The world-famous Camino de Santiago – for many of whose pilgrims fasting and hunger are an integral part of the experience – passes through Lugo before finishing in Santiago de Compostela. Galicia itself has a uniqely distinctive cuisine, celebrated in particular for its seafood, due to its long Atlantic coastline, its meat and cheeses, due to the surrounding mountains, and its white wine, due to its hillside terraces and cooler climate.
Bloom’s thoughts are peppered with references to food as lunchtime approaches. He meets an old flame, hears news of Mina Purefoy’s labour, and helps a blind boy cross the street. He enters the restaurant of the Burton Hotel, where he is revolted by the sight of men eating like animals. He goes instead to Davy Byrne’s pub, where he consumes a gorgonzola cheese sandwich and a glass of burgundy, and muses upon the early days of his relationship with Molly and how the marriage has declined: ‘Me. And me now.’ Bloom’s thoughts touch on what goddesses and gods eat and drink. He ponders whether the statues of Greek goddesses in the National Museum have anuses as do mortals. On leaving the pub Bloom heads toward the museum, but spots Boylan across the street and, panicking, rushes into the gallery across the street from the museum.
Homer Odyssey Chapter
Book 10: Lacking wind, the Achaeans row to the land of the Laestrygonians, a race of powerful giants whose king, Antiphates, and unnamed queen turn Odysseus’s scouts into dinner. Odysseus and his remaining men flee toward their ships, but the Laestrygonians pelt the ships with boulders and sink them as they sit in the harbor. Only Odysseus’s ship escapes.
This project strand offers short residency opportunities in partner cities for 30 emerging artists as part of the legacy of this pan-European project.
Each city partner will send two artists on a residency to another partner’s city of a different art form, thereby seeking to enrich their professional practice through inter-disciplinary residencies. Artists are chosen on the basis of having demonstrated an interest in the hosting city’s Arts & Society contemporary European theme. They must also practice a different art form from that of the hosting city’s public event. The project offers the emerging artists the opportunity to travel without the pressure to produce work and ideally to experience UEO’s public events.
Confirmed artists’ personal statements and biographies can be found on the relevant city’s page by clicking on the artist’s photo.
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The Uxío Novoneyra Foundation conserves and disseminates Novoneyra’s legacy. Innovative and with an international outlook, it was established, with Spanish support, in 2010.
The Foundation strives to promote the socio-cultural dimensions of the writer’s country, Galicia, plus the promotion and dissemination of Galician poetry and language abroad, its arts and sociocultural reality, whilst fostering audiences in the fields of an expanded literature, language, the arts (especially painting) and the performing arts, historical and policy studies.
Finally, the Foundation seeks to defend the sustainable environment (especially that related to the poet’s work), the famous literary UNESCO Courel Geopark and the rest of Lugo Mountains and the wider Galicia.
As a house of Poetry, the Foundation supports unique projects such as the Ámeto Mítico or “Writing Inland” travelling literary and mountain residences on the UNESCO World Heritage Santiago’s Way and Courel Geopark. Expert leadership attracts UNESCO Santiago’s Ways’ pilgrims to Galician Literature on the European rurAllure.eu network and the Foundation programmes, every summer and autumn, the Eidosfest festivals, offering, amongst others, a wide range of activities in literature, music, film, and landscape walks in its award-winning projects.