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What's On in November

01 November 2016



The Linen Hall delves into the past of C.S. Lewis, one of the intellectual literary giants of the 20th century, in the new exhibition C.S. Lewis and the Island of His Birth which runs from 2 – 30 November. Discover how Lewis’ early years in Northern Ireland inspired his writings and the characters within his stories.

November is also fundraising month at the Linen Hall. We’re kicking off with a Readathon on 4 November and will be ‘rattling the tins’ for donations throughout the month.

The November schedule in chronological order:

C.S. Lewis and the Island of His Birth

2 – 30 November / Exhibition / Free
Walk through the theoretical wardrobe door into the world of Belfast-born C.S. Lewis, one of the most famous modern writers, who brought the Narnia Chronicles to the world. This exhibition examines his Ulster Scots’ roots and how they influenced his life, writings and the characters in his stories. Presented by The Ulster Scots Agency.

Serenity in Landscape

Launched 5 October – continues until 30 November / Art Exhibition / Free
Northern Ireland artist Sorrel Wills studies moments when beauty is noticed in ordinary everyday places and activities. Working in oils, she explores the pleasures of depicting sunlight and shade with loose brush strokes showing an appreciation of colour and contrast.

Linen Hall Readathon Launching Fundraising Month

Friday 4 November from 10am – 5pm
Read anything you like on a pop up stage for 15 minutes for a donation of £5 or more! The Linen Hall Readathon will also kick off a month-long fundraising drive to bring in money for one of Belfast’s oldest charities.

‘When Did the North begin?’ Approaching the centenary commemoration of partition and civil wars in Ireland, 2020 – 2023

Monday 7 November at 1pm / Lecture / Free
Second in a series of three Belfast Somme 100 lectures. Dr Marie Colman from Queen’s University Belfast discusses the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme and how these events can inform the commemoration of other historical markers, such as the start of the ‘Troubles’.

Irish Book Club

Saturday 12 November at 11am / Discussion / Free
Part of the Líofa Programme to support and encourage the Irish language. This month’s title is An Leon, an Bandraoi agus an Prios ?adaigh (The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe) by C.S. Lewis.

Colum Sands, Songs of a Storyteller

Thursday 17 November at 6.30pm / Musical Performance (£8)
Universal storyteller Colum returns to the Library to weave a new tapestry of songs drawing on a long Irish tradition. All underwritten with a strong dose of wit.

The Female Line

Friday 18 November at 5.30pm / E-book Launch / Free
This event marks the re-launch of The Female Line (1985), the first anthology of women writers to come out of Northern Ireland, as an ebook and archival resource. A distinguished panel of writers, editors, academics and publishers including Patricia Craig, Anne Devlin, Leontia Flynn, Alan Hayes, Alex Pryce and Anne Tannahill will draw on their experience and understanding to assess how the female writer has fared over the last three decades since the anthology’s original publication.

Linen Hall Reading Group

Thursday 24 November at 1.10pm / Discussion / Free
All are welcome to join in the discussion and debate of the selected title of the month. Lost Fields by Michael McLaverty is the title for November.

History and Legacy of the International Brigades, 1936 – 2016 with Daniel Kowalsky

Friday 25 November at 1pm / Lecture / Free
The International Brigades were formed in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War to provide support for the army of the Republic. Their story, recounted today, remains one of the most enthralling in all of modern history.

Pictures and interviews are available on request. Contact Linen Hall Library PR and Marketing Officer Rachel Wetherall at E: or T: 028 9032 1707.

The Linen Hall Library, one of Belfast’s oldest charities, is open free to the public.
Our opening hours are Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, and Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm.