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Today, with a few clicks, you can find directions to just about anywhere on the globe. But that wasn’t the case in yesteryear. From 5 – 26 June, the Linen Hall features the exhibition Mapping Urban Ireland which offers a fascinating window into the development of Irish towns over time.

Also in June, there are poems and music from Frank Ormsby and Anthony Toner, and a reading with author Sam Thompson. 

The schedule of events in date order is as follows: 

Mapping Urban Ireland
5 – 26 June/ exhibition/ free
What circumstances produced Irish town maps? Explore the fascinating information held in early maps. Presented in association with the Royal Irish Academy. 

Charlotte McReynolds: Fashion and Feminism
Wednesday 5 June at 2.00pm/ talk/ free
Charlotte McReyonds is the National Museums NI Art Curator. In this lecture she explores the link between fashion and feminism, the topic of an exhibition at the Ulster Museum, Belfast.

Edward Carson’s Betrayal of Women?
Wednesday 12 June at 2.00pm/ talk/ free
Curator and historian Jason Burke uncovers unionist attitudes to female suffrage between 1912 and 1914.

Irish Book Club
Thursday 13 June 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 Gáire in Éag  by Seán Ó Muireagáin

Staging Sexuality
Wednesday 19 June at midday/ performance/ free
Funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, this new Linen Hall series of events taking place once a month explores LGBTQ+ themes inspired by the Linen Hall LGBTQ+ archive. Concentrating on theatre-making development for emerging LGBTQ+ theatre makers, this workshop will be delivered by Kabosh Theatre and led by Dominic Montague and Fionnuala Kennedy.

“The Kiss of Light” and Other Illuminations: Poems & Music – from Frank Ormsby and Antony Toner
Wednesday 19 June at 6.00pm/ performance/ £8
Acclaimed poet Frank Ormsby and one of NI’s foremost songwriters Anthony Toner offer a unique pairing of poetry, songs and stories from their recent CD. 

Reading with author Sam Thompson
Thursday 27 June at 3.00pm/ free
Jott is Thompson’s second novel. It is a story about friendship, madness and modernism. His first Communion Town was longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2012

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 27 June at 1.10pm/ reading group/ free
Our popular reading group is open to the public and free to attend. This month’s title is Jott  by Sam Thompson.


Pictures and interviews are available on request. Contact Linen Hall Library Head of Digital and Marketing Comms Rachel Wetherall at r.wetherall@linenhall.com or tel: 028 9032 1707.


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