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December at the Linen Hall Is Full of Christmas Crackers to See Out Our 230th Year

The Linen Hall waves goodbye to its 230th year in December with two stunning art exhibitions Stickin Out and Breathing Space running throughout the month. Get into the Christmas spirit with a performance of Dickens Creates Scrooge on the 12 December which examines the famous Dickens’ book A Christmas Carol, published 175 years ago.

The schedule of events in date order is as follows:

Stickin Out – Sketches of Belfast3 December – 3 January/ exhibition/ free
The outstanding beauty of Belfast is captured by self-taught artist Geordie Morrow who was born in Belfast in the 1950s. Here he presents his interpretation of the natural beauty of his home city.

Breathing Space
By Daniela Balmaverde
3 December – 3 January/ exhibition/ free
A collection of work in oil, watercolour, acrylic and mixed media inspired by land, sea and sky. Movement of water and light, and the passage of time are strong influences in this body of work.

Reflections on 1798: Battlefields, Graves and Books
With Dr Gavin Hughes
Wednesday 5 December at 6.00pm / lecture/ £5
Dr Gavin Hughes is an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Trinity College, Dublin, and Director of the Irish Conflict Archaeology Network. In this talk he focuses on a number of important military sites, interesting graves and literature from the 1798 Rebellion.

Bilingual Reading
With Colette Ní Ghallchóir and Aifric Mac Aodha
Friday 7 December at 1.00pm/ reading/ free
Two writers read from recent works.

Dickens Creates Scrooge
Wednesday 12 December at 6.30pm/ performance/ £10
Published 175 years ago, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was an instant bestseller. The Victorians hailed the work as ‘a new gospel’. Join actor Paddy Scully as he performs a play examining the context of Dickens’ work.

Irish Book Club
Friday 14 December at 1.00pm/ reading group/ free
Speak Irish? Or want to brush up on your skills? Take part in our free Irish book club. This month the title for discussion is Rí Thoraí  by Art Hughes.  

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 20 December at 1.10pm/ reading group/ free
Our popular reading group is open to the public and free to attend. This month’s title is Milkman by Anna Burns.

The Linen Hall Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays from 2.00pm Monday 24 December until 9.30am Wednesday 2 January 2019.

For more information about the Linen Hall Library please visit our website at www.linenhall.com

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