Two weeks ago, the UK’s cultural affairs minister, Jo Johnson, spoke at a ceremony to unveil a £15m fund for Joyce’s literary legacy, in a bid to ensure he continues to receive his due recognition and funding for his work.
Joyce was a “great British poet”, she said, adding: “And he’s not just any poet, he’s a true national treasure.”
He’s written some of the most important books of the 20th century, the best of English literature, which are about the heart and soul of Britain.
“And I think there’s been a lot of criticism about how much money has been spent on his work, and rightly so.”
The £15 million will go towards the Joyce Centre for the Arts, which will also be a centre for the development of new ideas in Joyce’s legacy.
The funding announcement was made in a speech to the Queen at the royal luncheon in central London on Wednesday night, which was hosted by Joyce himself.
Joyce is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and their two daughters, Eloise and Charlotte.