Blooms of Dublin is a musical play by Burgess, based on James Joyce's Ulysses. It was first broadcast on BBC radio and Radio Telefis Eireann in February 1982 to celebrate the hundredth birthday of James Joyce, and it was published for the first time in 1986. Burgess had begun developing the work as early as the mid 1960s and, according to him, a draft of the libretto and score had been completed as early as 1971. The draft score was subsequently converted by Burgess into a complete orchestral work in preparation for the radio broadcast.
In the summer of 1982, Burgess started a close collaboration with Mario Maranzana, an Italian actor, stage director, and scriptwriter. They intended to produce an Italian theatrical version of Blooms of Dublin (titled: I Blum di Dublino / Il Bloom di Dublino), assisted by Burgess's wife, Liana. The Teatro Comunale "Giuseppe Verdi" in Trieste expressed interest in producing the operetta, which they intended to call Ulyssea (or Ulissea), and a good deal of progress was made in translating the vocal score. In 1993, the Trieste production was cancelled before work on it had been completed.
The text of some songs from Blooms of Dublin also appears in two of Burgess's novels, Earthly Powers (1980) and The End of World News (1982).