Feb 2021

Date/Time Event
09/02/2021 - 09/03/2021
All Day
The Art of the Banner: Exploring Conflict Textiles, Parade and Trade Union Banners
In this series of workshops, explore the visual world of conflict textiles and banners.

Mar 2021

Date/Time Event
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
“…to inspire the rest …” A creative writing session inspired by the life and times of Mary Ann McCracken
In her long and remarkable life (1770 -1866), Mary Ann McCracken campaigned for education, child welfare, prison reform and the abolition of the slave trade. Taking a brief look at the Belfast of her times and the issues which moved and motivated her, we will read extracts from her letters and explore her life experience. Short writing exercises and prompts will follow and may be responded to with either poetry or prose. 
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7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mary Ann McCracken and the Influence of Mary Wollstonecraft, with Dr Myrtle Hill
Historian Dr Myrtle Hill will explore the influences of women’s rights advocate Mary Wollstonecraft on Mary Ann McCracken, in particular her book A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, a copy of which is listed in the Library’s 1793 catalogue.
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7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hunger Strikes 40 Years On: A seminal event in Northern Ireland, with Tommy McKearney
The deaths of 10 republican prisoners during a year of hunger strikes, beginning in October 1980 and ending 12 months later in 1981, was a seminal event in Northern Ireland’s troubled history.
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11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Club Leabhar/Irish Language Book Group (ZOOM)
March’s title for discussion is Teach an Gheafta by Cathal Ó Searcaigh
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ulster’s Lesser Spotted Queer Protestant with Dr Richard O’Leary (in association with the Imagine Belfast Festival)
Let Richard O’Leary take you in search of Ulster’s Lesser Spotted Queer Protestant (LSQP). The existence of the LSQP has long been hidden by shy historians and denied by conservative Christians but Dr O’Leary will present evidence to challenge the orthodox, missionary position.
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A Century of Football Division in Ireland with Cormac Moore (in association with the Imagine Belfast Festival)
Football administration in Ireland was organised on an all-Ireland basis up to partition.  However, divisions in the sport reached a climax after the First World War, culminating in the split of 1921 when Leinster seceded from the Irish Football Association (IFA) and formed the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). In this talk, leading historian Cormac Moore, details the events and causes that led to the split in soccer in Ireland and the efforts made to heal the division to bring about an all-Ireland international team.
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Linen Hall Reading Group (ZOOM)
March's title is Good Behaviour by Molly Keane