The Linen Hall is locked down until 16 November, but our online cultural programme continues with some fascinating events.
Celebrate the life of poet Robert Greacen; reflect on the life and death of Irish rebel Kevin Barry; and discover the fascinating secrets contained in a discovered WWI diary – just a few events featuring in November’s calendar of events.
November event schedule:
In Celebration of Robert Greacen
Available to view at www.linenhall.com
The turbulent life of poet Robert Greacen, featuring archive material from the Linen Hall’s collections, is on show in this online exhibition marking the 100-year anniversary of his birth. Greacen was born into a troubled family in Derry-Londonderry and shunted between family members, one of which paid for his education in Belfast. His talent as a poet blossomed and he went on to make significant waves in literary circles all the while fighting his own emotional demons. He passed away in Dublin in 2008.
Kevin Barry: An Irish Rebel in Life and Death with Professor Eunan O’Halpin
From the Linen Hall Archives series event
Monday 2 November at 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Online ZOOM event.
Tonight, we mark the centenary of the execution of Irish republication Kevin Barry by the British during the War of Independence. Professor Eunan O’Halpin discusses his new book and offers insights into a Kevin Barry treasure held by the Linen Hall Library, the Ideal Book of Poetry which was donated to the Library circa 1996 and contains Kevin Barry’s signature, annotations and scribbles throughout. Book at www.linenhall.com.
Among the Kings: The Unknown Warrior – An Untold Story
with author Mark Scott
Sunday 8 November at 7.00pm
Broadcast on our Facebook and YouTube channels
A moving and often heart-breaking account of the story of men whose names the author found in a notebook of his great grandfather who fought in the trenches of WWI. In the book, the author researches the names to find fascinating untold stories of men who gave their all in the Great War.
Club Leabhar – Irish Language Reading Group
Saturday 14 November at 11.00am
Online ZOOM event
Speak Irish? Or want to brush up on your skills? Take part in our free Irish book club.
November’s title for discuss is Cnámh – a short story collection by Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde. To register contact: Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Being Human 2020: The Legion of the Lost: New Discoveries on the Holocaust
Thursday 19 November 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Online event. Booking is required. Go to www.linenhall.com.
In this talk, the first of a series, participants discover the history of a little-known archive, the International Tracing Service, created to find missing people after the Holocaust. Part of the Being Human Festival 2020. Organised by The Wiener Holocaust Library and the Holocaust Research Institute, Royal Holloway University of London. In partnership with the Linen Hall Library.
LGBT History Group With Sara Phillips Queering The Castle: LGBT+ Stories from Northern Ireland’s Royal Residence
With Kris Reid
Hosted by the LGBT History Club & the LGBT Heritage Project in collaboration with the Linen Hall Library Belfast. This talk takes place via the ZOOM online platform. If you would like to attend, please email: Dr Richard O’Leary History@hereni.org
Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 26 November at 1.00pm
The Linen Hall’s popular reading group meets via the ZOOM conferencing platform (https://zoom.us/). To attend the virtual group, please email Senior Library Assistant Melissa Flynn at email@example.com. The title for discussion in November is Seek the Fair Land by Walter Macken.