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Burns is Back With Publication of Two Collectors? Titles

03 June 2014

On 30 May the Linen Hall celebrated the publication of two reproduction Burns books Tam Ó Shanter (£12.99) and In Memory of Robert Burns (£9.99). Both are from the Library’s renowned Gibson Collection of Burns and Burnsiana, the largest outside of Scotland, which was purchased by public subscription and placed in the Library in 1901. The funding for this project, which also included preservation measures to ensure the collection’s future and other...

June Events at the Linen Hall

29 May 2014

LINEN HALL LIBRARY TAKES THE SCENIC ROUTE IN JUNE Northern Ireland’s northern coast is renowned worldwide as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Photographer Glenn Miles has been capturing this hypnotic landscape for over 25 years. His stunning exhibition entitled North Coast Journey is a must-see. There are also two excellent performances in June examining Oscar Wilde and Titanic’s builder William Pirrie, as well as a host of other events. The schedule of events, in...

Lloyds Helps Linen Hall Reach Disadvantaged

19 May 2014

Today the Linen Hall launched So Small a Thing to Ask, a display of visual statements by people with mental health issues. Sandara Kelso-Robb, Executive Director of Lloyds Bank Foundation for NI, officially opened the exhibition which will run in the Linen Hall until 31 May. The Library was awarded funding from Lloyds Bank Foundation in 2013  to train staff members in mental health awareness. A second objective was to make the Library more accessible to these groups of people. Writer...

Aerospace History Donated to Linen Hall

12 May 2014

The Library was recently donated a plaque which contains a section of a test unit for the Boeing 737 rudder, originally  manufactured by Shorts. The item was originally presented to the Northern Ireland Aerospace Consortium on the occasion of its official launch. Ken McMullan, an engineer at Aero Engine Controls, who was in possession of this piece of Belfast aerospace history presented the item to John Killen for our archives. Pictured above are John Killen and Ken McMullan with the...

Writers on Writers Festival 2014

08 May 2014

Read more about our forthcoming Writers on Writers Festival on Culture NI http://bit.ly/1iuBXz4 Full a full schedule of Festival events and to book your place, go to: https://www.linenhall.com/shop/products/writers-on-writers-festival-2014

May Events at the Linen Hall Library

28 April 2014

Linen Hall Launches First Of Yearly Writers On Writers Festival In May, the Linen Hall Library will set in motion the first of what will become an annual Writers on Writers Festival. Top literary names, such as Martin Lynch, Sinéad Morrissey, Glenn Patterson and others will discuss, debate and relate to the public all things literary. Also in May Northern Ireland artist Deborah Toner exhibits exquisite maps stitched on linen, and the Linen Hall is in the ‘pink’ with...

Linen Hall Library Welcomes Northern Ireland Literati

25 April 2014

Linen Hall Library Welcomes Northern Ireland Literati with Launch of Annual Writers on Writers Festival On Monday 12 May, the Linen Hall Library debuts its inaugural Writers on Writers Festival, the first of what is to become an annual event. Top Northern Ireland writing and acting talent including Dan Gordon, Martin Lynch, Sinéad Morrissey and Glenn Patterson will gather to lead workshops and discuss and debate past Belfast writers who have significantly contributed to the body of...

April Events at the Linen Hall

28 March 2014

Masters of the Sea Exhibition Berths at Linen Hall Library In April the history of Belfast’s great ship building enterprise is charted in the Masters of the Sea exhibition. Also headlining is local artist Barbara Allen, whose series of watercolour paintings in Fruits de Mer were inspired by the teeming underwater life around Portmore harbour.   April events at the Linen Hall Library are as follows in chronological order:   The Fifth Province: County Societies in Irish...

Blue Plaque Honours Belfast Poet and Former Library Caretaker

06 March 2014

This week Thomas Carnduff, known as the Shipyard Poet, was honoured with a Blue Plaque placed on the Fountain Street entrance of the Linen Hall Library. Thomas worked as the Library’s resident caretaker from 1951 – 1954. The Ulster History Circle, a small, not for profit organisation that places commemorative plaques throughout Ulster, organised the event. Thomas was born in Belfast in 1886 and worked at various trades throughout his life, also serving in World War I in the...