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It’s a Month of Reading and Being Read To at the Linen Hall in March

Many studies point to the intellectual and emotional benefits of being read to as a child and continuing that endeavour throughout one’s life. In March the Linen Hall celebrates this rewarding activity with a schedule of events concentrating on reading including marking World Book Day on 7 March, World Storytelling Day on 20 March, and a reading and panel discussion in honour of International Women’s Day on 15 March. 

The schedule of events in date order is as follows: 

Five Foot Shelf Live!
Thursday 7 March at 6.00pm/ performance/ £5
Is it true that everything required for a complete ‘liberal education’ could fit on a shelf of books just five feet in length? Journalist Ian Sansom is joined by the Bookshop Band to ruminate on this suggestion in song and chat. Presented in association with the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s marking World Book Day.

Irish Book Club
Thursday 14 March at 1.00pm/ reading group/ free
Speak Irish? Or want to brush up on your skills? Take part in our free Irish book club. This month the title for discussion is Mise Raiftearaí  by Tadhg Mac Dhonnagain.

Of Mouth Dissent/Assent:
A reading and panel discussion in honour of International Women’s Day
Friday 15 March at 1.00pm/ lecture/ £3
With Siobhán Campbell, Nadine Aisah Jassat and Therese Kieran. 

A Celebration of World Storytelling Day in association with Storytellers of Ireland/Aos Scéal Éireann
Wednesday 20 March at 1.00pm/ reading/ £3
Join renowned local storyteller Liz Weir and friends to celebrate World Storytelling Day.

Staging Sexuality
Tuesday 26 March at 3.00pm/ launch event/ free
Funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, this new Linen Hall project explores the experiences of LGBTQ writers. Focus will be on the late actor/director Peter Quigley, whose archive now resides in the Linen Hall. There will be a series of performances by local theatre companies including c21 Theatre Company, Kabosh and Theatreofpluck.

The Relics of St Patrick
Wednesday 27 March at 1.00pm/ lecture/ free
Join St Patrick expert and former Linen Hall Librarian John Killen as he brings together the legends, folklore, traditions and stories that have been associated with St Patrick across the centuries. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 28 March at 1.10pm/ reading group/ free
Our popular reading group is open to the public and free to attend. This month’s title is Truth and Dare: Stories about Women Who Shaped Ireland by Martina Devlin.

Play it Again, Sam
Friday 29 March at 1.00pm/ screening/ free
This documentary by Doubleband Films presents an intimate profile of Belfast writer Sam McAughtry, one of NI’s most important literary icons.

Irish Language Classes:

Beginners classes run on Fridays from 4.15pm – 5.15pm until 12th April. These are funded by the ULTACH Trust and taught by Niall Mac Lochlainn.

Conversational classes run on Thursdays from 4.00pm – 5.00pm until 18th April. These are taught by Dr Stiofán Ó Direáin.

For more information about the Linen Hall Library please visit our website at www.linenhall.com



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