4th October 2021 - 10th October 2021

Date/Time Event
04/10/2021 - 29/10/2021
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
EXHIBITION: Ireland Divided - A Linen Hall Perspective
The Linen Hall Library has revisited and reinterpreted its collections from the 1920-1922 period and this exhibition is the product of that work. There is no singular or agreed narrative of the events that led to the partition of Ireland and the birth of the Northern Ireland state; it is a contested history of many perspectives. This is the Linen Hall’s perspective.
EXHIBITION: Ireland Divided - A Linen Hall Perspective

11th October 2021 - 17th October 2021

Date/Time Event
15/10/2021 - 17/12/2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Irish language classes for beginners
The Linen Hall Library is pleased to announce the return of our popular Irish language classes. Join Niall Mac Lochlainn for this 10-week course suitable for absolute beginners, those who have a few words of Irish, or those who want to brush up on their vocabulary...
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Irish language classes for beginners

8th November 2021 - 14th November 2021

Date/Time Event
10/11/2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
An Afternoon of Conversation, Poetry and Prose with Stephen Sexton and Stephen O’Neill
Stephen O’Neill (author of the forthcoming Irish Culture and Partition 1920-1955) and award-winning poet Stephen Sexton will combine their inquisitive minds to offer an afternoon of insightful conversation, poetry and prose on the topic of partition.
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An Afternoon of Conversation, Poetry and Prose with Stephen Sexton and Stephen O’Neill
11/11/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Being Human Festival: Fate Unknown: The Search for the Missing after the Holocaust
This two-day event series will discover the history of a little-known archive, the International Tracing Service (now called the Arolsen Archives), created to find missing people after the Holocaust. The history of the collection and what it reveals about the Second World War helps provide context for research, both family and academic, within the archive itself. The discussion will include themes raised by the exhibition, including war, migration, rupture, survival and victimhood.
Being Human Festival: Fate Unknown: The Search for the Missing after the Holocaust
12/11/2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Being Human Festival: Recovering the Personal in Difficult Histories: A Family Research Workshop
This two-day event series will discover the history of a little-known archive, the International Tracing Service (now called the Arolsen Archives), created to find missing people after the Holocaust. Learn how to take the first steps in conducting your own family research using the International Tracing Service archive of the Linen Hall Library’s resources.
Being Human Festival: Recovering the Personal in Difficult Histories: A Family Research Workshop

15th November 2021 - 21st November 2021

Date/Time Event
17/11/2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Remembering/Forgetting Partition in Ireland with Professor Guy Beiner
Guy Beiner is the Sullivan Professor of Irish Studies at Boston College and Professor of Modern History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His specialty is the study of history and memory in modern Ireland. In recent years, his focus has been the study of social forgetting. Join Guy for this live online Zoom event as he explores the ways in which partition has (or has not) been commemorated in Ireland since 1921.
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Remembering/Forgetting Partition in Ireland with Professor Guy Beiner

22nd November 2021 - 28th November 2021

Date/Time Event
22/11/2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
'Stand Up Speak Out' with Monica McWilliams
Monica McWilliams broke the mould in many ways, as a woman, as an activist, and as a politician. In her frank and fascinating memoir, she tells her extraordinary story for the first time.
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'Stand Up Speak Out' with Monica McWilliams
22/11/2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
'A City Imagined: Belfast Soulscapes' with Gerald Dawe
Written in his highly regarded wry and lyrical style, Gerald Dawe’s memoir sketches the outlines of his life as he starts to understand the city in which he was born, before embracing some of the local writers whose early work had such an influence.
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'A City Imagined: Belfast Soulscapes' with Gerald Dawe
24/11/2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Come Together: 100 Years of Music in Northern Ireland with Joe Lindsay
Join DJ and television presenter Joe Lindsay (plus special guests) for an evening marking a century of music in Northern Ireland. From the birth of the blues, pop, punk, and a thriving alternative dance scene, music has consistently brought the people of Northern Ireland together through the decades.
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Come Together: 100 Years of Music in Northern Ireland with Joe Lindsay
26/11/2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Ulster-Scots Writing Competition: The Grand Announcement
Join us for the announcement of this year's winners and runners-up and find out a little more about Ulster-Scots from Dr. Frank Ferguson and poet Stuart Paterson. Refreshments will be provided so you can enjoy a cuppa tay and wee bun with your ween o' wurds.
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Ulster-Scots Writing Competition: The Grand Announcement

29th November 2021 - 5th December 2021

Date/Time Event
29/11/2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Telling the Story of the Troubles: Prison Handicrafts and Heritage Construction with Dr. Erin Hinson
Using the display of prison-made handicrafts as an entry point, Dr. Hinson will further explore the complex web of history, identity, memory, and heritage discourses present in these spaces.
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Telling the Story of the Troubles: Prison Handicrafts and Heritage Construction with Dr. Erin Hinson
01/12/2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
PANEL DISCUSSION: Young people, the border, and the future of Northern Ireland
The issue of the Irish border is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago, but how do young people view the border today? Join host Seamus McKee for a lively panel discussion on the legacy of partition, the border, and the future of Northern Ireland.
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PANEL DISCUSSION: Young people, the border, and the future of Northern Ireland

6th December 2021 - 12th December 2021

Date/Time Event
07/12/2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Border: The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics with Professor Diarmaid Ferriter
Diarmaid Ferriter is one of Ireland’s best- known historians. Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD and regular contributor to The Irish Times, he is the author of some 11 books on Irish history including The Border: The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics. Join Professor Ferriter as he discusses the key matters arising from his timely book.
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The Border: The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics with Professor Diarmaid Ferriter
09/12/2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Linen Hall Library’s ‘Book of the Century’ Finale
Since August 2021 the Linen Hall Library has carried out a series of online polls to narrow down a shortlist of important Northern Irish books since 1921. For the finale we have assembled a stellar panel to debate and discuss the public’s choices with a view to declaring the Linen Hall’s ‘Book of the Century’.
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Linen Hall Library’s ‘Book of the Century’ Finale

13th December 2021 - 19th December 2021

Date/Time Event
13/12/2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Exploring the Northern Ireland Political Collection with Dr. Kris Brown and Dr. Gordon Gillespie
Dr. Kris Brown and Dr. Gordon Gillespie both played a role in developing the Northern Ireland Political Collection at the Linen Hall Library. Since its beginning in 1968, the collection has grown to over 350,000 items including the remarkable 'Troubled Images' archive. Join us to uncover the stories behind the collection.
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Exploring the Northern Ireland Political Collection with Dr. Kris Brown and Dr. Gordon Gillespie
15/12/2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Short Story as Witness with Angela Graham and Dr. Frank Ferguson
Dr. Frank Ferguson, Director of the Centre for Irish and Scottish Literature at the University of Ulster will interview Angela Graham as they consider the potential of the short story as witness statement. How does it drive towards implication, towards response, and the assumption or rejection of responsibility?
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The Short Story as Witness with Angela Graham and Dr. Frank Ferguson