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November Events at the Linen Hall

01 November 2012



The Linen Hall Library will be alive with the soothing sounds of the harp in November when it plays host to the 220th Harp Festival. Also in November is a one-day conference examining leading Northern Irish writers, after which will be announced the winners of the Michael McLaverty Short Story Award.

The November calendar of events is as follows:

Ulster Arts Club Annual Show

1 November – 31 December / Free Exhibition
Begun in 1902, the Ulster Arts Club was set up as a centre point for Ulster artists of all descriptions to meet, exhibit and exchange ideas. The annual show brings a variety of styles and disciplines together.

Ulster Will Fight!

Continuing until 31 December / Free Exhibition
On 28 September 1912, over 500,000 Ulstermen and women signed the Ulster Covenant, voicing their refusal to accept Home Rule for Ireland. Ulster Will Fight is a free exhibition that examines this defining moment in Ireland’s turbulent history.

Belfast Harp Festival Celebration

Thursday 15 November at 6pm / Performance: £10 (£8 members)
In 1792 members of the Linen Hall Library sought to preserve the traditional harp music of Ireland that was quickly disappearing. They not only held the first Belfast Harpers’ Festival in recognition of this dying art, but they also traipsed the length and breadth of Ireland to seek out and capture all of the wonderful pieces of folk harp music they could find. The result was a published work entitled Bunting’s General Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland. It is only fitting that the 220th anniversary of the Belfast Harp Festival be held in the Linen Hall Library where it first began. Tonight features harpist Ruth Corry, winner of a number of prestigious awards including the Grace Nugent Cup in 2009 and the Senior Open Canon Gillfilan cup in 2010.

Theatrical Diversions and Literary Excursions: Exploring the Tyrone Guthrie Archive

Wednesday 28 November at 1pm / Free Talk
Bethany Sinclair from PRONI discusses Tyrone Guthrie, the great-grandson of Irish actor Tyrone Power, who followed his ancestor into the theatre as a director and playwright.

Four Friends Colloquium

Thursday 29 November from 10am – 2.30pm / Literary Conference: £10 (includes refreshments)
Four leading lights in Ulster’s literary landscape: Michael McLaverty, Robert Greacen, Roy McFadden and John Boyd, are remembered in discussion and exhibition. These four men made deep impressions in a number of Irish literary areas including novels, short stories and playwriting.

And from 3pm – 5.30pm the ceremony to announce the winners of the Michael McLaverty Short Story Award will take place. The winner receives £2,000 and his/her work published by the Library.

Linen Hall Library Reading Group

Thursday 29 November at 1.10pm / Free
Come along and join in the conversation. All are welcome to discuss the book of the month. This month the title is The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy.