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What's On in January

06 January 2017



The Linen Hall launches its 2017 cultural calendar of events by examining Jewishness in Irish literature through the ages with an exhibition entitled Representations of Jews In Irish Literature and series of talks.

The musical magic of Linley Hamilton features as well in a special January event on Friday 13.

The January schedule in chronological order:

Representations of Jews in Irish Literature

10 – 31 January / Exhibition / Free
The portrayal of Jewishness in Ireland through a selection of key Irish-Jewish writing and Irish literature is examined. From the medieval Annals of Inisfallen through centuries of poetry, prose and drama to the present day; the relationship between Jews and Ireland as found in the literary record is studied.

Hyphenated Identifies: Irish-Jewish Autobiography

Tuesday 10 January at 6pm / Lecture / Free
Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh from the National University of Ireland, Galway, studies family memoirs, and political, social and cultural reflections on Jewish life in Ireland over the past 80 years.

The Linley Hamilton Quintet

Friday 13 January at 7pm / Performance / £10pp (£9pp for members)
The quintet is one of Ireland’s most respected and popular bands. Share the sheer musicality that this band generates. Featuring Linley Hamilton (trumpet/flugel horn), Johnny Taylor (piano), Damien Evans (bass), Julien Colarossi (guitar) and Dominic Mullen (drums).

Irish Book Club

Saturday 14 January at 11am / Book Club / Free
Part of the Líofa Programme to encourage the use and study of the Irish language, the Irish book club is free and meets on the second Saturday of each month. This month’s title is Nuascéalta edited by Seán Ó Mainnín, a chnuasaigh.

The Andrew Gibson Memorial Lecture

Wednesday 25 January at 1pm / Lecture / Free
Dr Carol Baraniuk recounts how Andrew Gibson (1841 – 1931), a Governor of the Linen Hall Library for many years, came to have an unrivalled collection of Robert Burns’ material. He sold this collection to the Library in the early 1900s where it has become part of what is the most comprehensive archive of Burns’ material outside of Scotland.

Holocaust Memorial Day Lecture

Thursday 26 January at 1pm / Lecture / Free
Dr Barry Montgomery will talk on the Holocaust in 20th Century Irish Fiction and Poetry.

Linen Hall Reading Group

Thursday 26 January at 1.10pm / Discussion / Free
All are welcome to join in the discussion and debate of the selected title of the month. This Way for the Gas Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski is the title for January.

For more information about the Linen Hall Library, please visit our website at

Pictures and interviews are available on request. Contact Linen Hall Library PR and Marketing Officer
Rachel Wetherall at 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.