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July Events at the Linen Hall

01 July 2016



Possibly the most influential writer of the 20th century, Samuel Beckett is centre stage in the Linen Hall events calendar for July. A series of events including a workshop, lecture and book launch illuminate the genius behind Beckett’s style.

Also in July we cameo social reformer Mary Ann McCracken as well as examine the Ulster Protestant in Irish Literature.

The schedule for July, in chronological order, is as follows:

Stretcher Bearer! The Last Days of Mankind

Continues until 30 July / Exhibition/ Free
New and exclusive to the Linen Hall, NI artist Leslie Nicholl unveils a series of stunning and intricate paintings exploring the humanity shown by Irish, Ulster, British, German and French stretcher bearers in the Battle of the Somme. The exhibition is beautifully complemented by poems from Sam Burnside’s new book Forms of Freedom.

The Ulster Protestant in Irish Literature

Thursday 7 July at 6pm / Lecture / Free
A special evening of readings, with local author Angeline King focusing on the portrayal of the Ulster Protestant in Irish Literature. Also in attendance will be author Tony Macaulay and historian Dr David Hume.

Mary Ann McCracken 150 Years On: Exploring a Living Legend

Tuesday 26 July at 1pm / Lecture / Free
Former Librarian of the Linen Hall, John Gray, asks why social reformer Mary Ann McCracken (1770 – 1866) remains in the public eye. This is part of the 150th commemoration of the death of Mary Ann McCracken in association with the Belfast Charitable Society.


Something Gone Wrong with the Silence: A Talk on Beckett’s Molloy

By poet and critic Kevin Quinn
Thursday 28 July at 1pm / Lecture / Free

Beckett’s novel Molloy is studied for paradigms of the human condition.

Beckettian Form and the Actor

Saturday 30 July at 11am – 1pm / Workshop / £5 (members £3)
Join acting teacher Rosie Pelan and a team of performers to explore texts of selected dramatic works by Beckett through performance.

Beckett Book Launch

Saturday 30 July at 1.30pm / Book Launch / Free
Two new Beckett books are launched today: Staging Beckett in Ireland and Staging Beckett in Great Britain. Author Trish McTighe will be here to introduce these new titles.

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Contact: Rachel Wetherall: tel: 028 9032 1707

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