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March Events at the Linen Hall

01 March 2013

March

DERRY/L’DERRY ARTIST KEITH AYTON DRIFTS INTO THE LINEN HALL IN MARCH

The power of water and its phenomenal ability to shape a landscape is the focus of Drifting Fluidity, an exhibition by NI artist Keith Ayton, launching at the Linen Hall Library in March. Also in March the Library marks International Women’s Day and organises literary walks around Belfast.

The schedule of events in the Linen Hall in March is as follows:

Bog Meadow and Surrounding Hills

Runs until 30 March / Free Exhibition
Named after a Michael Longley couplet, this exhibition spans 400 years and focuses on the men and women who have striven to live the writer’s life in Belfast, and those born here who took their typewriters and pens abroad.

Drifting Fluidity by Keith Ayton

4 March – 30 March / Free Exhibition
Water shapes in the landscape are the inspiration for this body of semi abstract work. Born in Derry/L’Derry, Keith Ayton has been a visual artist for more than 30 years. His subject matter concentrates on the Irish landscape, and his work is currently in private collections in UK, USA, Australia and Europe.

The Story of Belfast

Runs until 30 March / Free Exhibition
400 years ago, Belfast was granted a Town Charter. This exhibition takes the viewer through the story of this great city, from prehistoric times through the heady industrial revolution, when Belfast was the centre of the world’s linen trade, to the modern day.

Walking Tour

Friday 1, 8, 15 March at 2.00pm / £5pp
Join our Blue Badge Guide as you take a stroll through the city and learn about its architecture, history and the characters who shaped it. Meet at the General Services desk of the Library. Tour lasts approximately two hours.

Literary Belfast

Wednesday 6 March at 1.00pm / Free Talk
Dr Eamonn Hughes, from the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s University, takes us on a journey through Belfast’s literary heritage.

International Women’s Day

Lunchtime Open Poetry Reading
Friday 8 March at 12.30pm and 2.00pm / Free
Female poets, past and present, are remembered with readings and discussion. Come along and read one of your own poems!

Songs From the Moon Shed

Thursday 21 March at 7.00pm / £10 (£8 concessions)
As heard on Radio Ulster… Randall Stephen Hall and the Moon Shed musicians kick up the dust and rattle yer keks with fine music and banter.

Tracing Huguenot Footsteps Through the Archive: The Delacherois Archive

Wednesday 27 March at 1.00pm / Free Talk
The fascinating history of a French family who moved to Ulster in the 17th century and is still there today in The Manor House, Donaghadee, comes alive from the archival material they produced over the years. This is part of the PRONI (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland) series of talks at the Linen Hall Library.

Linen Hall Library Reading Group

Thursday 28 March at 1.10pm / Free Talk
Join us for our regular reading group to debate and discuss the chosen title for the month. February’s title is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The Linen Hall Library will be closed for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday on Monday 18 March.

For more information about these events and the Linen Hall Library in general, please visit our website at www.linenhall.com.

Pictures and interviews are available upon request.

The Linen Hall Library is open free to the public. Our opening hours are Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm and Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm. For more information contact Rachel Wetherall, Marketing and PR Officer, at the Linen Hall Library, on 028 9032 1707 or on email at r.wetherall@linenhall.com.