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January Events at the Linen Hall

01 January 2013



The Linen Hall Library will celebrate its 225th birthday this year and starts 2013 off showcasing one of its most prized archives with an exhibition of Scots poet Robert Burns featuring a gala Burns Supper.

The schedule for January is as follows:

Roman Legends and City Streets by Trevor Emerson

Friday 4 January – Friday 1 March / Free Exhibition
Giuseppe Verdi said “You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” In this photographic exhibition Trevor Emerson captures the grandeur and history of Italy and juxtaposes it with the very different flavour of rural Ireland.

Burns and Burnsiana

Monday 7 January – Friday 1 February / Free Exhibition
The poetry of Robert Burns (1759 – 1796) continues to entertain and interest lovers of literature. The Linen Hall Library’s Burns collection is the largest in the world outside of his homeland of Scotland. It was acquired for the Library by public subscription in 1901 for the then enormous sum of £1,000! Features material not generally available to the public.

Gala Burns Supper

Wednesday 23 January at 7pm / £40pp
Book your place now for this supper which is fast becoming one of the most popular events in the Linen Hall calendar. Don your highland dress and join us for a sumptuous three-course meal with drinks, a dram or two and the all important haggis.

The Ayrshire Ploughman by John Erskine

Friday 25 January at 1pm / Free Talk
John Erskine of Stranmillis University College traces the first decade of Belfast’s reaction to the works of Scots poet Robert Burns, and how he became part of the cultural fabric of Northern Ireland.

Flowers of the Flock: The Child Migration Schemes

Wednesday 30 January at 1pm / Free Talk
PRONI’s Dr Ann McVeigh discusses the dubious practice of sending abandoned children to the colonies during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. This talk looks at the reasons behind the schemes and the people and societies who organized them.

Linen Hall Library Reading Group

Thursday 31 January at 1.10pm / Free Talk
Join us for our regular reading group to debate and discuss the chosen title for the month. January’s title is Have The Men Had Enough by Margaret Forster.

For more information about these events and the Linen Hall Library in general, please visit our website at

Pictures and interviews are available upon request.

The Linen Hall Library is open free to the public. Our opening hours are Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm and Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm. For more information contact Rachel Wetherall, Marketing and PR Officer, at the Linen Hall Library, on 028 9032 1707 or on email at