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After two years of meticulous research and production, the Linen Hall Library will launch ‘extraORDINARYwomen’ on Monday 8 November. A new website and complementary exhibition will focus on Northern Irish women from 1965 to the present day. The launch event will stream ‘live’ for anyone in the world to watch at 6.30pm British Standard Time.

In November the Linen Hall also continues its series of events marking the 1921 partition of Ireland, and will announce the winner of the recently run Ulster-Scots writing competition on the 26 November.

November event schedule:

extraORDINARYwomenNI exhibition and new website launch
From Monday 8 November at 6.30pm
Two years ago, the Linen Hall Library announced its groundbreaking collections-based, community-driven heritage project, extraORDINARYwomen. It provides unprecedented opportunity to explore and celebrate Northern Irish women’s powerful and important contribution to society; their roles and attitudes from 1965, through the Troubles to the present day. On Monday 8 November, the culmination of two years of work will be realised with the launch of an exhibition and website featuring thousands of items related to women from the Linen Hall’s most significant collections including the NI Political Collection, LGBTQ+ Archive, Literary Archives, Travellers’ Collection and the Theatre and Performing Arts Archive. A separate press release will be issued to the media in due course.

Other November events:

Club Leabhar
Saturday 6 November at 11am
Online ZOOM event
Want to brush up on your Irish language skills? Join the Linen Hall’s Irish Language Reading Group which meets online. November’s title is Tír na Deo’ translation of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.

An Afternoon of Conversation, Poetry and Prose
Wednesday 10 November at 2.00pm
Part of the Ireland Divided: A Linen Hall Perspective series
Takes place in the Library
The Linen Hall Library has revisited and reinterpreted its collections from the 1920-1922 period; this event is part of a series of events held to explore this theme. An afternoon of conversation, poetry and prose with Stephen O’Neill (author of the forthcoming Irish Culture and Partition 1920-1955) and award-winning poet Stephen Sexton.

Being Human 2021
Loss and Renewal: Tracing the Holocaust
Thursday 11 November at 7.00pm and Friday 12 November at 1.00pm
Takes place in the Library
Participants in 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 of World War II which saw six million Jews exterminated by the Nazis. Hosted at the Linen Hall Library, the programme will include a pop-up exhibition; a lecture and discussion with the co-curators Professor Dan Stone and Dr Christine Schmidt; as well as a hands-on family research workshop offering opportunities to explore the expertise and resources of The Wiener Holocaust Library, based in London, and the Linen Hall Library. 

Commemorating Partition in Ireland with Professor Guy Beiner
Wednesday 17 November at 2.00pm
Part of the Ireland Divided: A Linen Hall Perspective series
Online ZOOM event
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. 

A City Imagined: Belfast Soulscapes by Gerald Dawe
New book
Monday 22 November at 7.00pm
Online ZOOM event
A City Imagined is a paean to the city of Belfast and its writers. Written in his highly regarded wry and lyrical style, 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 influential part in nudging him in the direction of writing.

Come Together
100 Years of Music in Northern Ireland with Joe Lindsay
Wednesday 24 November at 7.00pm
In the Library
Part of the Ireland Divided: A Linen Hall Perspective series
From trad to techno via punk, pop, and the blues, music has been a unifying force in Northern Ireland. Join DJ and television presenter Joe Lindsay and special guests for an audio-visual treat that celebrates a century of song in Northern Ireland.

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 25 November at 1.00pm
Online ZOOM event
The Linen Hall’s popular reading group meets via ZOOM. November’s title is ‘The Silent People’ by Walter Macken. 

Ulster-Scots Writing Competition: Winners’ Announcement
Friday 26 November at 1.00pm
In the Library
The Linen Hall Library will mark Ulster-Scots Week (22 – 26 November) with the announcement of the winners of our inaugural Ulster-Scots Writing Competition. We received many great entries in both prose and poetry, and the judging panel of Gillian McMaster (Ulster-Scots Agency Director of Development), Frank Ferguson (University of Ulster), and Stuart Paterson (Scottish Poet) have enjoyed the task at hand. Join us for the announcement of this year’s winners and runners-up and find out a little more about Ulster-Scots.

NIPC Series – Part of the Northern Ireland Political Series of Talks
Telling the Story of the Troubles: Prison Handicrafts and Heritage Construction in Post-Agreement Northern Ireland
With Dr. Erin Hinson
Monday 29 November at 7.00pm
Online ZOOM event
In this talk Dr. Erin Hinson will distinguish between the goals, aims, and outcomes of stakeholder-driven and community-driven heritage projects. Using the display of archive 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.

The Linen Hall Library is open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm. It is free to enter and enjoy.