Walking With The Dead

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James Joyce's revolutionary short story collection, Dubliners, was first published in 1914. To mark the centenary of its publication, author Colm Tóibín explores some of the Dublin locations haunted by Joyce's characters in those stories and talks to contemporary writers Anne Enright and John Banville about the influence of Dubliners on their own work.

These 15 stories were written when Ireland was ablaze with converging and contradictory ideas about identity, history and culture. And the book itself had a protracted and anguished publication history. Between 1905, when Joyce first sent a manuscript to a publisher, and June 1914, when the book was finally published, Joyce's manuscript was rejected 18 times, because of its sexual content and references to real people.

Colm is a passionate guide to Joyce's stories and in his company, we visit many of the buildings and locations featured in the stories, such as Mulligans pub, St Francis Xavier church and 15 Ushers Island - the house that features in the last story, 'The Dead'. He talks to writers, academics and Dubliners themselves about the continuing power and resonance of these stories.

Extracts from the stories are read by Stephen Rea.

The songs from Dubliners are performed by Noel O'Grady, Kevin McDermott and Ralph Richey, and Susan Kilty.