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Linen Hall February Events Schedule Now Out


In February the Linen Hall shares lots of online love with a full calendar of events including a look at the history of Belfast blues music and politics on 17 February, and an examination of Irish surnames on 10 February.

There’s also a new workshop programme ‘The Art of the Banner’ beginning on 9 February; and our popular reading groups get together once again to discuss and debate the latest titles.

February events schedule: 

Storytelling with Liz Weir
Wednesday 3 February at 7.00pm
Online ZOOM event
Today we celebrate National Storytelling Week with Liz Weir, one of Ireland’’s best-known storytellers as she shares traditional tales of magic, fairies and mermaids, while tossing in some humorous yarns for good measure! Book at www.linenhall.com

The Art of the Banner
Exploring Conflict Textiles, Parade and Trade Union Banners
Begins Tuesday 9 February – runs for five sessions
In this series of workshops, explore the visual world of conflict textiles and banners.
Curator and human rights activist Roberta Bacic will lead you through the history of the Conflict Textiles collection (https://cain.ulster.ac.uk/conflicttextiles/), which focuses and addresses elements of human rights abuses around the world, and Paul Donnelly from Dead Centre Tours will discuss the art of Parade and Trade Union banners in Northern Ireland. You will also have the chance to make your own ‘conflict textile’ with artist Deborah Stockdale, which will become part of the Making the Future and CAIN Conflict Textiles live archive. Workshops will be online and are free to all. This project is funded by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme.

Irish surnames with Dr Stiofán Ó Direáin
Wednesday 10 February at 7.00pm
Online Zoom Event
Dr Stiofán Ó Direáin will explore how Irish names are formed, followed by descriptions of some Norse, Norman, English, Welsh, Scottish, Manx, Huguenot and Palatinate names that are found in Ireland. Book at www.linenhall.com

How Belfast Got the Blues: A Cultural History of Popular Music in the 1960s
Wednesday 17 February at 7.00pm
Online ZOOM event
Was the first white European blues singer an Irish woman? What links The Rolling Stones to the birth of the Northern Ireland civil rights movement? Did the state suppress the work of a key countercultural director because his film was shot in Belfast in 1965? Join authors Joanna Braniff and Noel McLaughlin as they explore the key issues emerging from their new book How Belfast Got The Blues: A Cultural History of Popular Music in the 1960s (Intellect/December 2020). Book at www.linenhall.com

LGBT History Club
Reclaiming the LGBT Past through Fiction
Tuesday 23 February at 8.00pm
Online ZOOM event
A public talk by Hilary McCollum, QUB PhD researcher.
Hosted by the LGBT History Club & the LGBT Heritage Project in collaboration with the Linen Hall Library Belfast. If you would like to attend, please email: Dr Richard O’Leary  History@hereni.org

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 25 February at 1.00pm
Online ZOOM event
The Linen Hall’s popular reading group meets via the ZOOM conferencing platform (https://zoom.us/). To attend the virtual group, please email info@linenhall.com. February’s title is Any Human Heart by William Boyd.

Club Leabhar – Irish Language Reading Group
Saturday 27 February at 11.00am
Online ZOOM event
Speak Irish? Or want to brush up on your skills? Take part in our free Irish book club.
February’s title is Ar Luch agus ar Dhuine: (Of Mice and Men) by John Steinbeck. To register contact: info@linenhall.com


The Linen Hall Library is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please keep an eye on our website and social networks for updated information.


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