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Free Writing Classes and New Talks at the Linen Hall in September

The Linen Hall continues its online cultural programme in September with a series of writing workshops with acclaimed author Jan Carson and a carefully selected schedule of talks that explore the Linen Hall’s many collections. Featured events include a look at the 1919 Belfast Engineering Strike on 7 September and an examination of the behaviour of Northern Ireland football fans on 17 September.

September event schedule:

Writing Workshop with Jan Carson
, 9, 16 September at 10.00am – 12.00 noon
As part of the extraORDINARYwomen engagement programme, the Linen Hall Library is running ‘Changing the Story’, a series of three online creative writing workshops, inspired by the outstanding female writers in the Linen Hall Library’s collections. These practical workshops will be led by acclaimed author Jan Carson, winner of the 2019 EU Prize for Literature, and author of The Fire Starters (Doubleday, 2019). To sign up for ‘Changing the Story’ please email extraORDINARYwomen Education and Outreach Officer Ciaran McQuillan c.mcquillan@linenhall.com

 *New Series* From the Linen Hall Archives
Belfast Engineering Strike of 1919 with Jason Burke
Broadcast on our Facebook and YouTube channels:  Monday 7 September at 1.00pm
Jason Burke, Linen Hall Arts & Cultural Programmer, continues this new series in which he delves into the Linen Hall archives to unearth some fascinating treasures. In this talk Jason looks back at the lesser-known engineering strike of 1919 which brought the city to a standstill for a period of four weeks.

Northern Ireland Political Collection Series with Michael Boyd
The IFA’s Football For All Campaign
Broadcast on our Facebook and YouTube channels: Thursday 17 September at 1.00pm
Michael Boyd is the Director of Football Development with the Irish Football Association. He previously spearheaded the IFA’s successful ‘Football For All’ campaign. Michael’s efforts to rebrand the IFA as a powerful, anti-sectarian and cross-community body have earned him several major awards and have resulted in our international football fans now being regarded as among the best-behaved and most welcoming in Europe.

LGBT History Group With Jeff Dudgeon
Tuesday 22 September at 20.00
Hosted by the LGBT History Club & the LGBT Heritage Project in collaboration with the Linen Hall Library Belfast. This talk takes place via the ZOOM online platform. If you would like to attend, please email: Dr Richard O’Leary  History@hereni.org

Feargal Cochrane – ‘Breaking Peace: Brexit and Northern Ireland’
Broadcast on our Facebook and YouTube channels: Wednesday 23 September at 1.00pm
In this online lecture, Feargal Cochrane talks about his new book Breaking Peace: Brexit and Northern Ireland (Manchester University Press). He argues that Brexit is breaking peace in Northern Ireland, making it the most significant event since Partition. Endless negotiations and uncertainty have brought contested identities back to the forefront of political debate. Always so much more than a line on a map, the border has become an existential marker of identity as well as a reminder of the dark days of violent conflict.

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 24 September at 1.00pm
The Linen Hall’s popular reading group meets via the Zoom conferencing platform (https://zoom.us/). To attend the virtual group, please email Senior Library Assistant Melissa Flynn at m.flynn@linenhall.com. The title for discussion in September is John Boyne’s A Ladder to the Sky.

‘Conn’ Trick: the O’Neill Chair of Castlereagh, with Keith Haines
Broadcast on our Facebook and YouTube channels: Wednesday 30 September at 1.00pm
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries there were attempts by enthusiasts in Belfast to revive and promote an interest in Gaelic history. Much store was placed in a singular artefact – a stone chair, now on display in the Ulster Museum, which had been salvaged from the Castlereagh hills in the 1750s. It was (and still is) claimed to be the inauguration stone of the Upper Clandeboye O’Neill chieftains. Keith Haines will argue that there is not a shred of evidence to support this and, in modern parlance, it is ‘fake news’.

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