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The Gibson Collection: Inside and outside the Skull of Rabbie Burns by Alistair Heather

There are many fascinating and surprising artefacts in the vast trove of the Gibson Collection. I came across one particular piece during a recent rummage that I’d lke to bring to your attention. It’s called “Phrenological Development of Robert Burns” and it was published in 1834 in Edinburgh....

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Michael McLaverty Short Story Award Winners Announced

Niall Bourke from Kilkenny has won the prestigious Linen Hall Michael McLaverty Short Story Award for his story ‘The Catch’. The two runners-up are Sadhbh Moriarty for ‘Saint Caillín and The Carwash’ and Dawn Watson for ‘The Condition of Stopped Time’. (left to right: Sadhbh Moriary, Niall Bourke, Dawn Watson)…...

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Andrew Gibson- we celebrate the man who gave Burns to Belfast!

Starting Friday 10 December the Linen Hall Library will celebrate the 120-year acquisition of one of its most important archives – the Gibson Collection of Burns and Burnsiana – with a week-long online homage to Andrew Gibson, the man behind the phenomenal collection. The online series of events is funded by…...

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Winners of the Inaugural Ulster-Scots Writing Competition Announced

The Linen Hall Library has today announced the winners of the Linen Hall Ulster-Scots writing competition at a special ceremony to mark Ulster-Scots language week. The competition was sponsored by the Ulster-Scots Agency. First prize in the prose category went to Alan Millar (image left below) for ‘Sam an Jeck…...

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WHAT’S NEXT FOR ARLENE FOSTER?

A LITTLE LESS TWITTER, A LOT MORE THOUGHT AND DIRECT CONVERSATION. WHAT’S NEXT FOR ARLENE FOSTER? When you leave elected office in the fashion I have, the obvious question is “what are you going to do next?”. The honest answer is I’m not really sure! There are plenty of things…...

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LINEN HALL TO LAUNCH EXTRAORDINARY WEBSITE AND EXHIBITION 8 NOVEMBER

LINEN HALL LIBRARY CELEBRATES POWERFUL CONTRIBUTION MADE BY NI’S EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN IN A PROJECT THAT AMPLIFIES THE FEMALE VOICE The Linen Hall Library today (Monday, November 1st) launches the culmination of its ambitious collections-based community driven heritage project extraORDINARYwomen, in celebration of their powerful and important contribution to Northern Ireland…...

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EXTRAORDINARY ARCHIVE AND EXHIBITION LAUNCH AT THE LINEN HALL IN NOVEMBER

I AM WOMAN HEAR ME ROAR!LINEN HALL LAUNCHES EXTRAORDINARY WEBSITE AND EXHIBITIONSPOTLIGHTING NORTHERN IRISH WOMEN After two years of meticulous research and production, the Linen Hall Library will launch ‘extraORDINARYwomen’ on Monday 8 November. A new website and complementary exhibition will focus on Northern Irish women from 1965 to the…...

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OCTOBER EVENTS AT THE LINEN HALL

The Linen Hall revisits and reinterprets the 1921 partition of Ireland in an insightful, new exhibition starting 4 October. This is complemented by a series of events featuring luminaries from academia, showbusiness, and politics.  Are you happy? Or almost happy? On 11 October join Brian Kaplan MD and art therapist…...

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LINEN HALL WHAT’S ON GUIDE OCT – DEC OUT NOW

The Linen Hall’s What’s On guide for October to December 2021 is out now! Pick up a copy in the Library or out and about at various Belfast locations.  Or download a copy here....

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