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Linen Hall October Schedule Features New Irish History Exhibition

In October the Linen Hall is excited to launch the Northern Ireland premiere of ‘The History of Ireland in 10 Words’, a new exhibition from the Royal Irish Academy commencing 1 October. This series of pop ups and talks follows the development of medieval Irish into modern language.

Also in October the Library continues its popular online series of lectures focusing on our world-renowned archives with a lecture on 2 October about the Victorian magazine Shan Van Vocht which was founded by two Belfast women.

October event schedule: 

*Northern Ireland Premiere* A History of Ireland in 10 Words
Linen Hall Vertical Gallery
Free exhibition 1 October – 27 November
This exhibition was created to inspire fresh interest in the Irish language by revealing connections between words we still use and words used in bygone days. For example: the use of the term Taoiseach to denote Ireland’s highest government post has ensured that this is one of the best-known Irish words. The exhibition is based on the book A History of Ireland in 100 Words (2019, Royal Irish Academy) by Sharon Arbuthnot, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh and Gregory Toner.

Celebrating National Poetry Day
Poetry in a Time of Crisis with Gerald Dawe and Stephen Sexton
Thursday 1 October at 1.00pm
Broadcast on our Facebook and YouTube channels
Join local poets as they read from their work to celebrate National Poetry Day.

From the Linen Hall Archives
The Shan Van Vocht periodical with Jason Burke
Friday 2 October at 1.00pm
Broadcast on our Facebook and YouTube channels
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. The Shan Van Vocht was a national monthly magazine founded in 1896 by two Belfast women, Alice Milligan and Anna Johnston.  Among those who contributed to its columns were James Connolly, Douglas Hyde, and Arthur Griffith. The Linen Hall has an almost complete run of the Shan Van Vocht magazine and Jason Burke will explore some of the highlights contained within its pages.  

Club Leabhar – Irish Language Reading Group
Saturday 3 October at 11.00am
Broadcast on ZOOM
Speak Irish? Or want to brush up on your skills? Take part in our free Irish book club.
October’s title for discuss is Bealach na Spáinneach by Liam Mac Coil. To register contact: Jason.burke@linenhall.com.

Northern Ireland Political Collection Series with Dr Paul Corthorn 
Friday 9 October at 1.00pm
Broadcast on our Facebook and YouTube channels
As Ulster Unionist MP for South Down between 1974 and 1987, Enoch Powell sought the closer integration of Northern Ireland with Great Britain. The talk discusses how this involved Powell dismissing existing strands of Ulster Unionist thinking and how, in turn, some Ulster Unionists sought to attack the intellectual foundations of Powell’s position. The talk reflects on the importance of material from the Library’s Northern Ireland Political Collection in helping to set Powell’s arguments in context. Dr Paul Corthorn is Reader in Modern British History at Queen’s University Belfast. He is the author of Enoch Powell: Politics and Ideas in Modern Britain (Oxford, 2019).

LGBT History Group With Sara Phillips
Tuesday 27 October at 20.00
Visibility – the birth of the trans community in Ireland 1970’s-1990’s
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

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 29 October 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 October is Actress by Anne Enright.  

ZOOM gathering with author Sharon Arbuthnot
Friday 30 October at 7.00pm via the ZOOM platform
Apple-tricks and the dangers of dirty water: Irish words and stories associated with Hallowe’en
The authors of A History of Ireland in 100 Words invite you to join them for a virtual gathering, exploring Irish words, tales and history. New material, written especially for this event, will be revealed and questions from the audience are welcomed. This online gathering will be conducted using Zoom. Please register here for a link to join: https://bit.ly/33Cq7nk

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