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What's On in March

27 February 2017


March Comes in Like a Lion at the Linen Hall with new Exhibition War Torn Children – Plus, we mark World Book Day and International Women’s Day.

In March, the Linen Hall launches a new and exclusive exhibition, War Torn Children, which lays bare the devastating consequences of military engagement on young people.

Also on display is artwork produced by older people as part of the Arts Care, Here & Now Older People’s Festival. Northern Ireland Writers David Park and Sophia Hillan join us for World Book Day, and we look behind the curtains of the Brontë home to reveal the real personalities of this famous literary family.

The March schedule in chronological order:

War Torn Children

1 March – 15 April / Exhibition / Free
New and exclusive to the Linen Hall in partnership with Conflict Textiles and INNATE, this powerful exhibition exposes the tragic and devastating consequences of war on children through a series of arpilleras (three dimensional textiles). There is also a photographic display accompanying the main exhibition entitled After the Waves, which captures the plight of refugees, plus a book launch and workshop. (Full press release about this exhibition has been distributed. Please contact me if you have not received this.)

War Torn Children Associated Events in March and April

Wednesday 1 March at 1pm: Exhibition Launch (free)
1976 Nobel peace laureate Mairéad Maguire will deliver the keynote address to launch this phenomenal exhibition.

Wednesday 1 March at 6pm: Ireland’s Guantanamo Granny – Book Launch (free)
Join the well-known nonviolent peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy at the Belfast launch of her book Ireland’s Guantanamo Granny (2015) and a new edition of Tell Them Everything (1st edition 1981). Phil Scraton, Professor Emeritus at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, has written the foreword to the second edition of Tell Them Everything, and will facilitate a discussion with D’Arcy at this event.

Friday 14 April at 2pm – 4pm: Arpillera Doll Making Workshop, facilitated by Roberta Bacic (free)
War-Torn Children curator Roberta Bacic instructs in the creation of three-dimensional arpilleras and discusses their history and significance.

World Book Day with David Park and Sophia Hillan

Thursday 2 March at 3pm / Reading / £5
To mark the 20th anniversary of World Book Day join local authors David Park and Sophia HiIlan as they read from their latest books: Gods and Angels and The Way We Danced.

In Full Bloom

6 – 28 March / Exhibition / Free
An exhibition of contemporary artwork produced by older people and presented as part of the Arts Care, Here & Now Older People’s Arts, Health and Well-being Festival. The festival aims to enhance the health and well-being of older people by supporting them to access and participate in high quality arts activity.

We Are Three Sisters with Dr Pauline Holland

Celebrating International Women’s Day
Wednesday 8 March at 1pm / Workshop / £3
Since their novels captured the world’s imagination, the Brontë sisters have fascinated us. But what do we really know about Charlotte, Emily, and Anne? Featuring personal letters, cinema, visuals, living history, and a question-and-answer session.

Interviewing Mrs Carmichael by poet Joan Newmann

Friday 10 March at 1pm / Reading / Free
Based on the premise that among the Russian royal family, Anastasia’s remains were the only ones missing, which led to the rumour that she had survived. This play involves a young journalist on her first assignment interviewing an elderly woman who might or might not be Anastasia.

Irish Book Club

Saturday 11 March 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 Caisleáin Óir by ‘Máire’ [Séamus Ó Grianna].

Irish Language Week

Wednesday 15 March at 1pm / Screening / Free
An introduction to the work of the Irish Language Broadcast Fund followed by a short screening from the Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive.

Linen Hall Reading Group

Thursday 30 March at 1.10pm / Discussion / Free
All are welcome to join in the discussion and debate of the selected title of the month. The Long Gaze Back edited by Sinéad Gleeson is March’s title.

For more information about the Linen Hall Library, please visit our website at www.linenhall.com

Pictures and interviews are available on request. Contact Linen Hall Library Digital and Marketing Comms Specialist Rachel Wetherall at r.wetherall@linenhall.com or Tel: 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.