“When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to Fly by those nets.” 
James Joyce

Happy Bloomsday!

Happy Bloomsday!

Ever wondered where we got our name?

It comes from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, who is being celebrated around the world today on Bloomsday.

Bloomsday marks the day Leopold Bloom wandered around Dublin in Ulysses which was set on the 16th of June 1904.

Every year people around the world come together to butcher an Irish accent by reading bits of the book out loud or to generally just enjoy talking about James Joyce and his nice glasses.

The name "Fly By Those Nets" might not come from Ulysses but we didn't want to miss a chance to show off our literary credentials.

When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets.
— A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce

Of course, Joyce himself flew those nets and skipped off to Trieste, Paris, and Zurich but we think there's plenty of other ways to fly. Which of course you can read about here.

Happy Bloomsday!

FBTN's editor interviewed in Northern Slant

FBTN's editor interviewed in Northern Slant

First ever Trans Pride rally held in Northern Ireland

First ever Trans Pride rally held in Northern Ireland