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What's On in December

01 December 2016



‘Tis the month of Christmas, and the Linen Hall has a schedule of events focusing on fun. On Wednesday 7 December we announce the winner of the popular Michael McLaverty Short Story Award. Later in the month, on 15 December, eat, drink and be merry at our Victorian Christmas featuring a silver band and storyteller. And don’t forget to visit our gift shop to start the present-buying ball rolling!

The December schedule in chronological order:

Michael McLaverty Short Story Award Ceremony

Wednesday 7 December at 1pm / Award Event / Free
Today we announce the winner and two runners-up of the Michael McLaverty Short Story Competition. The winner receives £2,000 and his/her work, along with the two runners-up, published in an anthology. The biennial competition is organized to honour the memory of one of Ireland’s most notable short story writers.
(A press release will be issued announcing the winner of this competition post event.)

Patrick Brontë and his Ulster Background: The Untold Story of Literature’s Most Famous Father with Pauline Holland

Friday 9 December at 1pm / Lecture / Free
What is known about the father of Charlotte, Emily and Anne – three sisters who have produced some of literature’s most famous works? A writer himself, Prunty was born into poverty in County Down, but showed an exceptional intellect which took him to Cambridge and then into ministry. Find out about this little known, but highly influential father of writing genius.

Irish Book Club

Saturday 10 December at 11am / Book Club / Free
Part of the Líofa Programme to support and encourage the Irish language. This month’s title is An tLriseoir by Michelle NicPháidin.

Victorian Christmas

Tuesday 15 December at 5.30pm / Storyteller & Silver Band / Family Event (£5)
Our popular Victorian Christmas returns with a traditional storyteller and silver band. Enjoy the entertainment and refreshments while you browse through our gift selection. One for all the family.

Linen Hall Reading Group

Thursday 22 December at 1.10pm / Discussion / Free
All are welcome to join in the discussion and debate of the selected title of the month. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway is the title for November.

The Library will close at 5.30pm on Friday 23rd December 2016,
re-opening on Wednesday 4th January 2017.

Pictures and interviews are available on request.

Contact Linen Hall Library PR and Marketing Officer Rachel Wetherall
at r.wetherall@linenhall.com 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.