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  • Cartoon Workshop with PJ Holen

    Cartoon Workshop with PJ Holen (2000 AD, Judge Dredd, Fearless)

    On Monday 22nd January at 11.30am to 1pm

    For ages 16 and over only.

    Learn to draw a Northern Ireland superhero and villain! And create one of your own with leading Northern Ireland cartoonist PJ Holen.

  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

    A Proud History?  Britain and the Kindertransport 1938-1940

    With Dr Barbara Warnock, Wiener Library London

    Free Lecture - Tuesday 23 January at 1pm

    Formed in 1933 by Alfred Wiener, The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide is Britain's main Holocaust libraryand contains the oldest collection of its kind in the world.  Dr Barbara Warnock outlines the story of Britain and the Kindertransport, which transported children to places of safety, introduced nine months after the Nazi occupation of Austria.

  • Burns Day - Andrew Gibson Memorial Lecture

    Burns Day

    Global Vision, Vernacular Voice: Andrew Gibson Memorial Lecture, With Dr Frank Ferguson, Ulster University

    Free Event on Thursday 25 January at 1pm

    Dr Frank Ferguson discusses how Scottish poet Robert Burns' popularity and influence is felt on a global scale.  The talk will trace his early reception in Ireland and the United States and will explore how far his work has been enjoyed and acclaimed in a variety of countries and languages.  At a time when many languages and cultures are under threat, Burns' work in the Scots dialect demonstrates the power of language to celebrate the individual poetic conscience and the potential of words to capture the human experience.

  • Linen Hall Reading Group

    Linen Hall Library Reading Group

    Our popular reading groups are open to the public and free to attend.

    Meets are on the last Thursday of the month at 1.10pm.

    Book Titles:

    January - Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safrn Foer

    February - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

    March - Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty


  • Burns Day - Robert Burns International Reception

    Burns Day

    Robert Burns International Reception

    Free Event on Thursday 25 January 2pm

    Wreath laying by the Ulster Scots Agency at the Robert Burns statue located in the main reception area of the Library, erected in memory of his remarkable contribution to literature.  The Linen Hall Library is home to the largest collection of Burns material in the world, outside of Scotland.

  • A History of the Belfast Harp Orchestra with Janet Harbison

    A History of the Belfast Harp Orchestra with Janet Harbison

    Recital and Performance

    Free Performance on Saturday 3 February at 12.30pm 

    To celebrate the Gradam Ceoil TG4 (Traditional Irish Music Awards) coming to Belfast for the first time, Janet Harbison and members of the Belfast Harp Orchestra will showcase their iconic organisation that was instrumental in bringing together traditional musicians from both sides of the border.

    Janet will speak about the history of the Harp Orchestra and tell the story of its humble beginnings in Belfast 26 years ago, to the successful Limerick Harp School that at one point had over 700 students.


  • PRONI Lecture - Using Workhouse Records with Janet Hancock

    PRONI Lecture

    Using Workhouse Records with Janet Hancock

    Free Lecture - Wednesday 7 February at 1pm

    Workhouse records are the archives of the Boards of Guardians, the administrators of the Poor Law in Ireland, 1838 - 1948.  PRONI holds extensive records for the Poor Law Unions (each of which had a workhouse) located across present day Northern Ireland.  Janet will explore the different types of records and how to use them for personal research.

  • Club Leabhar - Irish Book Club

    Club Leabhar - Linen Hall Irish Book Club

    Speak Irish? Or want to brush up on your skills? Take part in our free Irish book club.

    Meets on the second Saturday of the month at 11am.

    Book Titles:

    Eanair/ January: Conaire Mor - Seacht nDoras na Cinniuna le Diarmuid Johnson

    Feabhra/ February: Eagior le Sean O Cuirreain

    Marta/ March: Diabhlaiocht De le Micheal O Conghalle

  • Reception: Lion Dancing with Live Demonstration of Chinese Painting

    Magic Brush - Chinese Art & Spring Festival Celebration

    Reception: Lion Dancing with Live Demonstration of Chinese Painting

    Free Reception on Thursday 15th February at 6.30pm 

    Join us as we celebrate Chinese New Year and Spring Festival for 2018.

  • Workshop - Introduction to Chinese Art: Seminar & Workshop

    Magic Brush - Chinese Art & Spring Festival Celebration

    Introduction to Chinese Art: Seminar & Workshop

    Free Workshop on Thursday 22nd February at 2pm

    This seminar introduces the history of Chinese Art and focuses on the features of Chinese ink painting, basic skills, techniques and styles.  It includes an opportunity to explore Chinese calligraphy and write your name in Chinese.  The facilitators will also take you step by step through the process of origami pattern making.

  • Of Mouth: With guests Moya Cannon and Maria McManus

    Of Mouth: With guests Moya Cannon and Maria McManus

    Free Reading on Friday 23th February at 1pm

    Born in County Donegal, Moya Cannon has published five collections of poetry, the most recent being Keats Lives (Carcanet Press, 2015).  She studied History and Politics at University College, Dublin, and Cambridge.  She is joined by local poet and playwright Maria McManus, whose fourth collection is forthcoming from Arlen House.  Her credits as a playwright include Elizabeth Corr (Kabosh), Bruised (Tinderbox), The Black Out Show (Red Lead), His 'n' Hers (Replay) and Nowhere Harder (Replay Script Lab).

  • Of Mouth: Poetry Masterclass with Moya Cannon

    Of Mouth: Poetry Masterclass with Moya Cannon

    Free Workshop (Donations Welcomed) on Saturday 24th February at 10.30am to 12.30pm

    Renowned poet Moya Cannon facilitates a poetry workshop.  A winner of the Brendan Behan Award and the O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry, she has held numerous residencies in Ireland and abroad and was 2011 Heimbold Professor of Irish Studies at Villanova University.  Her work has been widely translated and anthologised.

  • World Book Day 2018: A Celebration of Francis Ledwidge

    World Book Day: A Celebration of Francis Ledwidge

    Thursday 1st March at 2pm. Tickets £5pp (Includes Refreshments).

    Join us for a celebration of the work and legacy of Irish War Poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge, with local poets Gerald Dawe and Wilson Burgess. Ledwidge, who was killed at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, was stationed at Ebrington barracks before he was sent to France 100 years ago. Known as the 'Poet of the Blackbird', on of Ledwidge's most famous works is a tribute to this close friend and executed Easter Rising leader, Thomas McDonagh.

  • PRONI Lecture A Sporting Chance - Sport in the Archives with Andrew Toland

    PRONI Lecture

    A Sporting Chance - Sport in the Archives with Andrew Toland

    Free Lecture on Wednesday 7 March at 1pm

    A Sporting Chance will focus on PRONI's rich collection of sport records, providing an insight into the roots and establishment of various sports in Northern Ireland across 150 years of archival material.  The talk will cover soccer, rugby, athletics, golf, GAA, cricket and boxing, as well as a host of other sports which you might not necessarily expect to have seen in Northern Ireland.  The talk will also focus on the fascinating records of some of the sporting greats contained within the archives.

  • Arts Care Presents In Full Bloom 2018 Workshop

    Arts Care Presents: In Full Bloom Exhibition 2018

    Free Workshop on Friday 9th March and Friday 23th March at 10.30am to 3pm


    - Work Inspired by Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo

    - Part of Here & Now Older People's Arts, Health & Wellbeing Festival

    Arts Care Here & Now Festival will offer facilitated art workshops inspired by the life, work and legacy of Frida Kahlo and relating to work from the Experiences exhibition.

  • Tyrone Guthrie in 'WWII: From Dunkirk to Belfast'

    Tyrone Guthrie in 'WWII: From Dunkirk to Belfast' with Dr Christopher Fitz-Simon Lecture.

    Free Lecture on Thursday 22nd March at 1pm.

    Following the bombing of the Old Vic and Sadler's Wells theatres in London, theatrical director Tyrone Guthrie kept some 200 employees safe from the Blitz by touring remoter parts of England. The content of his letters home to Annaghmakerrig, and to his sister in Kilkenny, capture the hardship and difficulties of the era.


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