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Extraordinary Times

Extraordinary Times is a cutting-edge, literary thriller set in an imagined future in Belfast on the eve of a referendum on Irish unity. The novel wittily charts how six interconnected characters navigate the fortnight leading up to the historic referendum and are inadvertently caught up in a violent plan to disrupt the vote.…...

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Belfast’s Home of Poetry

The Linen Hall Library has been always known as the home of poetry in Belfast, holding some of the most significant works of local poetry, from the historic works of Robert Burns to Belfast poets Louis MacNeice and John Hewitt. The ‘Home of Poetry’ is a special programme curated by…...

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Ulster-Scots Writing Competition

Everybody kens a wee bit o’ Ulster-Scots and this is your chance to get creative with it. We are pleased to inform you that with the support of the Ulster-Scots Agency, The Linen Hall will be hosting an Ulster–Scots writing competition this Autumn.    There will be two competition categories, one…...

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1922 – 1972 – 2022: Years of Chaos & Hope

 We are pleased to inform you that the ‘Years of Chaos & Hope’ is coming to life this August, to mark poignant anniversaries in the history of Northern Ireland. 1922 was the deadliest year of the Twenties’ conflict and 1972 was the deadliest year of the recent Troubles. 100 and…...

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Annual General Meeting 2022

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Linen Hall Library will be held on Thursday 30th June 2022, at 1.00 pm. All members are invited to attend. Here you can download a digital copy of the 2021 Annual Report, or you can request a hard copy from the Level 2…...

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We are looking for a  Library Assistant

Role:                                      Library Assistant Job ref:                                  LA/2022/02 Location                       …...

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May Events at the Linen Hall

May marks the 234th birthday of the Linen Hall Library and we have some very exciting things coming up!   Only The Stripped Thing EXHIBITION Vertical Gallery | 2 – 27 May | Free ‘Only The Stripped Thing’ is an exhibition of a selection of poems by the Belfast writer…...

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The Linen Hall Enlightenment Festival is back!

The Linen Hall Library is looking forward to welcoming you to the second part of the Enlightenment Festival 2022!  The Linen Hall Library Enlightenment Festival is designed to highlight themes emanating from the great European intellectual movement of the 17th and 18th centuries. Keywords that resonated throughout the Enlightenment, such as reason,…...

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THE LINEN HALL REVISITS TROUBLED TIMES IN APRIL

Highlights in the April calendar of cultural events at the Linen Hall include events exploring a variety of perspectives on the recent ‘Troubles’ and the 1921 partition of Ireland and creation of the Northern Ireland state.  Author James Simpson takes us on a pre and post partition journey on 6…...

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March Is Women’s History Month at the Linen Hall

The Linen Hall boasts a fabulous female line up in March featuring artists Leontia Haldenby and Kim Montgomery with their exhibition We Were On Our Way To Something launching 1 March. We also welcome three new books by Northern Irish female writers including the deeply moving Her Other Language: Northern…...

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