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Linen Hall in Lockdown from 16 October for 4 weeks

In line with the Northern Ireland Executive’s recent announcement regarding renewed Covid-19 restrictions, the Linen Hall Library will close from 3.00pm today, Friday 16 October, for four weeks until Monday 16 November.  We continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and staff will conduct as much work as possible remotely. To…...

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Linen Hall Covid-19 Update – 15 October

Following further restrictions announced by the Northern Ireland Executive, the Linen Hall is currently seeking clarification of what this means for us. We continue to remain open (10am – 3pm; Monday – Friday) and will keep you updated as soon as we know more. The safety of our staff, members…...

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Linen Hall Launches 2020 Michael McLaverty Short Story Competition

The Linen Hall Library in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has announced the launch of the 2020 Michael McLaverty Short Story Award. This prestigious award, which has run biennially since 2006, was set up to foster and encourage the tradition of the Irish short story. Entrants must have been born in, or…...

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Linen Hall October Schedule Features New Irish History Exhibition

In October the Linen Hall is excited to launch the Northern Ireland premiere of ‘The History of Ireland in 10 Words’, a new exhibition from the Royal Irish Academy commencing 1 October. This series of pop ups and talks follows the development of medieval Irish into modern language. Also in…...

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Death and Feminism by Rosemary Jenkinson

New blog post. Death and Feminism blog by Rosemary Jenkinson, award-winning playwright, essayist, and short story specialist allows us to peep behind the doors of a writer’s life through humour’s glasses. The process of ‘becoming’ a writer doesn’t happen overnight, in this blog Jenkinson highlights pathways usually taken and doesn’t…...

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Library Archives Now Available to Access

The Library is delighted to announce that, after a period of phased reopening, all of our special collections are now available for consultation. Non-members wishing to access material from the Literary, Theatre or NIPC archives are required to schedule an appointment in advance of visiting the Library. To check availability,…...

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Music Making Change Happen by Lynda Walker

In the first of a series of extraORDINARYwomen blogs, Lynda Walker, women’s rights and civil rights activist, talks about the power of song to inspire, and the impact that the International Women’s Day Concert Belfast, 1981, had on the development of NI women’s centres and campaigns. Music Making Change Happen…...

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Free Writing Classes and New Talks at the Linen Hall in September

The Linen Hall continues its online cultural programme in September with a series of writing workshops with acclaimed author Jan Carson and a carefully selected schedule of talks that explore the Linen Hall’s many collections. Featured events include a look at the 1919 Belfast Engineering Strike on 7 September and…...

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The Linen Hall Will be Closed on Monday 31 August for the Bank Holiday

The Linen Hall will open again on Tuesday 1 September at 10.00am. For details of our phased reopening following COVID-19 closure click here. The Charity Bookshop will also be closed on Monday 31 August for the Bank Holiday and will reopen on Tuesday 1 September at 9.00am. The Linen Hall café is…...

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Linen Hall Receives Funding Grant from Arts Council Organisations Emergency Programme

The Linen Hall Library is happy to confirm that it has received £21,934 from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Organisations Emergency Programme (OEP). Linen Hall Director Julie Andrews said: “Thanks to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Organisations Emergency Programme, we will be able to develop a cultural programme…...

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