James Joyce’s 'Ulysses' was banned in Britain and the United States, but has since been recognised as a masterpiece that revolutionized the modern novel. As a young man, Joyce rejected his country and its religion, but went on to carefully recreate the Dublin of his youth in his fiction. Despite failing eyesight and domestic worries, his last book, 'Finnegans Wake', is a celebration of the great human comedy in which each of us has a part.
Ian Pindar is a prize-winning English poet. He won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2009, was a runner-up in the Bridport Prize 2010 and was shortlisted for the 2010 Forward Prize (Best Single Poem). His debut collection Emporium (Carcanet) was shortlisted for The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection 2012. His most recent collection is Constellations (Constellations).