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What's On in May

28 April 2017


Linen Hall Library Unlocks the Life of Colourful Fifties Entertainer Josef Locke

The Tom Jones of his day, Northern Ireland-born Josef Locke (1917 – 1999) was the housewives’ favourite choice in the 40s and 50s. But who was this larger-than-life variety bill topper? The Linen Hall delves into the archive box and draws forth the largest collection of memorabilia ever displayed to mark Locke’s birth centenary. Josef Locke Centenary is a free exhibition and runs from 3 – 31 May.

Also in May the Linen Hall holds its fourth Writers on Writers Festival (see Events for further details). We also launch a few new books as well as continue with our regular monthly book clubs.

The May schedule is as follows:

Josef Locke Centenary

3 – 31 May / Exhibition / Free
The largest collection ever assembled of public and private family material relating to one of Ireland’s best loved singers. It includes a wide range of memorabilia drawn from Josef Locke’s 50-year-career.

Josef Locke: Myths and Realities

Wednesday 3 May at 1pm / Lecture / Free
In this new Locke biography, author Dr Nuala McAllister Hart examines the wealth of stories that surround Josef’s career, his days in the police force where he was known as the ‘singing bobby’, his rise to become the Tom Jones of his day, and his colourful life in England and return to Ireland to escape the tax man. 

Linen Hall Library Writers on Writers Festival

10 – 12 May
This popular literary festival returns for its fourth year with talks, lectures, book launches and more. The focus is on working class writers and the working class as a theme. Featuring playwright Gary Mitchell and writers Gerry McCullough and Glenn Patterson (see Events for further details). 

Irish Book Club

Saturday 13 May 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 cuid a dó by ‘Máire’ [Séamus Ó Grianna].

Eavan Boland: Inside History

Washing Windows? Irish Women Write Poetry

Friday 19 May at 1pm / Book Launches / Free
Of Mouth Poetry Collective presents a volume of poems and critical essays in celebration of poet Eavan Boland, and an anthology marking the 40th anniversary of Arlen House, Ireland’s leading feminist press, celebrating the work of 100 contemporary poets. 

Women in Print

Saturday 20 May at 1pm / Discussion / Free
Open discussion about female writers with selected readings.

Linen Hall Reading Group

Thursday 25 May at 1.10pm / Discussion / Free
All are welcome to join in the discussion and debate of the selected title of the month. Eureka Street by Robert McLiam Wilson.
Pictures and interviews are available on request.
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Our opening hours are Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, and Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm.