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In September, the Linen Hall remembers Belfast poet Padraic Fiacc in a month-long photographic display in the Library’s Vertical Gallery. Also in the lineup is an open day to mark the launch of the Library’s partition centenary project. Members of the public are invited to bring in items and stories related to the partition of Ireland in 2021 on Saturday 4 September from 1 – 4pm.

Plus, there’s loads of literary chat with a number of NI writers including award-winner Susan McKay on 1 September, and debut author Sue Divin and poet Maria McManus on 15 September.

September event schedule: 

Poet of the Troubles:
Photographs of Padraic Fiacc
By John Minihan
From 1st September
Exhibition runs throughout September
Irish photographer John Minihan has exhibited his work in museums and galleries across the world. His latest offering will hang in the Linen Hall’s Vertical Gallery during September. Through a unique set of images and a video produced for the exhibition which will be posted on the Linen Hall’s YouTube channel, the story of Belfast poet Padraic Fiacc (1924 – 2019) is told.  

The People’s History of Partition: A Social History Event
Part of the Ireland Divided: A Linen Hall Perspective project
Antiques Roadshow-style show-and-tell
Saturday 4th September 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Help us explore the history of the partition of Ireland in 1921 by sharing your stories and interesting objects with the Linen Hall Library on Saturday 4 September. Drop in between 1- 4pm to chat to our historical consultants Dr Eamon Phoenix and Professor Diane Urquhart. We will photograph your objects as well as record audio of your stories.

European Heritage Open Day
Stories of hidden LGBT history at the Linen Hall
With Dr. Richard O’Leary
Friday 10th September at 7.00pm
Online ZOOM event
In this performance/talk master storyteller and historian Dr. Richard O’Leary shares some of his true fairy stories; a personal selection of stories from Ulster which he has uncovered from the archives of the Linen Hall’s LGBT collections. Followed by Q&A.

From An Unsettled People to On Shifting Ground – Northern Protestants
With Susan McKay
New book
Monday 13th September at 7.00pm
Online ZOOM event

Award-winning writer Susan McKay wrote Northern Protestants – An Unsettled People in the period around the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998; twenty years later she has returned to revisit the community in which she had grown up in her new book Northern Protestants – On Shifting Ground.

Guard your Heart: Author Sue Divin in conversation with poet Maria McManus
Wednesday 15th September at 7.00pm
Online ZOOM event
Debut author of Guard Your Heart, Sue Divin chats with poet Maria McManus about her new novel, a fast-paced, contemporary Romeo and Juliet set in Derry in 2016. Expect readings and a lively Q&A with audience interaction. This event is part of the Linen Hall’s extraORDINARYwomen project.

The diaries of Doreen Bates 
Professor Margaret Esiri in conversation with author Lucy Caldwell 
Wednesday 22nd September at 7.00pm
Online ZOOM event 
Doreen Bates was a remarkable woman, ahead of and unvanquished by her time. She survived the Belfast Blitz in 1941, documenting events meticulously. Her daughter and editor of the diaries Professor Margaret Esiri talks to author Lucy Caldwell who draws on Doreen’s strength and spirit for a character in her forthcoming novel. Part of the Linen Hall’s extraORDINARYwomen project. 

Linen Hall Reading GroupThursday 30th September at 1.00pm
Online ZOOM event
The Linen Hall’s popular reading group meets via ZOOM. September’s title for discussion is The Glorious Guinness Girls by Emily Hourican. To attend the virtual group, please email info@linenhall.com.


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

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