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It’s a Literary Lovefest at the Linen Hall in February

Bestselling author Brian McGilloway, photojournalist Martin Nangle and other prominent writers headline the Linen Hall’s February calendar of events. Also featuring is the Library’s inaugural Enlightenment Festival from 1 – 5 February which guarantees to bathe the historic institution in a new literal and metaphorical light.

February event schedule:

Enlightenment Festival
1 – 5 February
In the Library and at other locations around Belfast
The inaugural Linen Hall Library Enlightenment Festival is a special creative collaboration with two of the world’s most highly acclaimed artistic producers in international multi-arts festivals and events, Seán Doran and Liam Browne. The packed programme will bathe the library, founded in Belfast as a direct result of the Enlightenment, in a new literal and metaphorical light, as a past, present and future centre of excellence for learning, literature, innovation, arts and the sharing of information. For full details go to www.linenhall.com.

Club Leabhar
Irish language reading group
Saturday 5 February 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. February’s title is Madame Lazar by Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin.

Irishness in Boston and Belfast
With Martin Nangle
Book launch
Wednesday 16 February at 1.00pm
In the Library
Photojournalist Martin Nangle will give a talk about how his views of Belfast and Boston’s Irishness 1973-1989 were translated into his imagery. From a limited number of 240, fifty embossed and signed copies of this two-book edition are allocated for the city of Belfast and will be available for purchase on the day of the event.

Brian McGilloway: The Last Crossing
Talk
Thursday 17 February at 2.00pm
In the Library – plus a live online ZOOM stream
Join New York Times bestselling author Brian McGilloway as he discusses his gripping and unforgettable crime thriller The last Crossing which was shortlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year 2021.

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 17 February at 1.00pm
Online ZOOM event
The Linen Hall’s popular reading group meets via ZOOM. February’s title is ‘The Last Crossing’ by Brian McGilloway. There will be a short Q&A with the author following the meeting.

‘On the Steps’ with Gerald Dawe
Donation event
Friday 18 February at 1.00pm
In the Library
To mark a 55-year association with the Linen Hall, Gerald Dawe, poet, writer and fellow emeritus Trinity College Dublin, will present a portrait by artist Peter FitzGerald. Dawe will reflect on his relationship with the Linen Hall before official handing over the portrait to the custody of the Library, 

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