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Burns, Brontë and more at the Linen Hall in January

The Linen Hall’s world-renowned Robert Burns collection of books and Burnsiana features in January in an exhibition and talk. We also illuminate the lesser known Brontë sister, Anne, and explore the reasons for her societal subordination. 

The schedule of January events in date order is as follows: 

Andrew Gibson: An Ardent Son
10 – 31 January/ exhibition/ free
Examines the life of former Linen Hall Governor Andrew Gibson (1841 – 1931). His extensive collection of Scots poet Roberts Burns and Burnsiana forms the basis of the world-renowned Gibson collection held by the Library. Discover how this collection came to be in Belfast and learn more about the treasures it contains.

Irish Book Club
Thursday 9 January at 1.00pm/ book club/ free
Speak Irish? Or want to brush up on your language skills? Join in the conversation. This month’s title is Eachtra Eíbhlíse I dTír na nlontas by Lewis Carroll.Take Courage: The Brontë Sister Who

Took on the Victorians
Friday 17 January at 1.00pm/ lecture/ £5
Anne Brontë, sister of literary legends Charlotte and Emily, has frequently been left on the sidelines. Why? Hear expert Pauline Holland discuss Anne’s tragic yet courageous life, her trailblazing second novel and how she exposed the injustices and outrages that women suffered in Victorian society. Part of Brontë 200 celebrations.

Burns and Ulster: The Gibson Collection in a Wider Cultural Context
Tuesday 21 January at 1.00pm/ lecture/ free
Ian Crozier, Chief Executive Ulster-Scots Agency, explores the Linen Hall’s Gibson Collection which is the largest collection of material relating to Scots poet Robert Burns outside of Scotland. Discover how the enduring appeal of Burns’ works give the collection a continuing significance within a wider cultural setting. Following the lecture there will be a wreath laying at the Robert Burns’ statue on the Library’s 2nd floor.

Nine Rhymes with Liam Logan
Wednesday 22 January at 1.00pm/ reading/ £5pp
Join local author Liam Logan who will read from his new book, a humorous series of rhymes about life. 

Two Angry Men
With Toto and Robina Ellis
Friday 24 January at 6.00pm/ screening and discussion/ free
This is the story of the struggle of James Ellis and Sam Thompson to stage the play Over the Bridge in Belfast, a play that tackled the buildup of sectarianism and religious division in Belfast shipyards.

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 30 January 1.10pm/ discussion/ free
All are welcome to come along and join in the discussion of the chosen book of the month. January’s title up for discussion is The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen.

The Linen Hall will be closed for the Christmas holidays from 2.30pm Tuesday 24 December until 9.30am Thursday 2 January 2020. 

The Linen Hall Library is open free to the public Monday – Friday 9.30am- 5.30pm. For more information please visit our website at www.linenhall.com


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