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Seamus Heaney


Latest News

What's On Guide for April to June 2018 Out Now

26 March 2018

Pick up our latest What's On guide in the library, at various locations around Belfast or in Tourist Information Centres.  Or download here: /ckeditor_assets/attachments/347/what_s_on_april_-_june_2018.pdf

Linen Hall Library Closed for St Patrick's Day Holiday

15 March 2018

The Linen Hall Library will be closed on Saturday 17 March and Monday 19 March for the St. Patrick's Day holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday 20 March at 9.30am.

Friends of Israel Group Launch Year of Events To Celebrate Belfast Birth of Former Israeli President Chaim Herzog

13 March 2018

GRASSROOTS FRIENDS OF ISRAEL GROUP LAUNCH YEAR OF EVENTS TO CELEBRATE BELFAST BIRTH OF FORMER ISRAELI PRESIDENT CHAIM HERZOG Tuesday 13 March: Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Mark Regev, was welcomed as a VIP guest to honour the Belfast birth of former Israeli President Chaim Herzog in an event held in the Linen Hall Library. Northern Ireland Friends of Israel (NIFI), who organised the event with the Library, donated a selection of books about Chaim Herzog and other...

Iconic Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo is Inspiration Behind Well-Being Art Exhibition at the Linen Hall In March

06 March 2018

Iconic Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo Is The Inspiration Behind Well-Being Art Exhibition at the Linen Hall in March Northern Ireland service users have tapped into the colourful life and art of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo as the inspiration for a new art exhibition, In Full Bloom, launching on 1 March. We also mark World Book Day on 1 March with a talk about WWI poet Francis Ledwidge, and support the Royal National Lifeboat Institution with a display of artwork for sale to raise funds for...

Job Vacancy - Education and Outreach Officer

08 February 2018

LINEN HALL LIBRARY EDUCATION AND OUTREACH OFFICER JOB DESCRIPTION CONTRACT:                6 months (two days per week) SALARY:                       c. £25,000 per annum (pro...

Made in Belfast by Chinese Artists

01 February 2018

Belfast-based Chinese artists display a variety of painting styles popular in their native country in Magic Brush – Chinese Art & Spring Festival Celebration, launching on 12 February. And if you’re in town for the Gradam Ceoill TG4 (the Oscars of Irish music) come along to a talk on Saturday 3 February by members of the Belfast Harp Orchestra that was instrumental in bringing together traditional musicians from around the country. The schedule of events in date order is...

Free Irish Classes Begin This Week

17 January 2018

Conversational Irish class begins on Thursday 18 January at 4.00pm - 5.00pm for ten weeks. Beginners Irish class begins on Thursday 26 January at 4.15pm - 5.15pm for nine weeks. All are welcome. The classes are administered by the ULTACH Trust 

Internationally Renowned Journalist Kate Adie OBE to Launch LHL's New 'Divided Society' Digital Resource

17 January 2018

Internationally renowned journalist Kate Adie OBE to launch the Linen Hall Library’s new digital resource ‘Divided Society’ ‘Divided Society’ is a Heritage Lottery-funded digital archive on the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ and peace process. The resource will be launched by acclaimed journalist Kate Adie OBE on Monday the 22nd of January. Ms Adie will travel to Belfast as a VIP guest for the event. She will reflect on her astonishing career and...

Where's the Funny? At the Linen Hall in January with Launch of a New Political Cartoon Exhibition... Plus Much More...

02 January 2018

THE LIGHT AND DARK OF NORTHERN IRELAND POLITICAL CARTOONERY FEATURES IN NEW LINEN HALL EXHIBITION An old Irish proverb states ‘a good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.’ In the new Linen Hall exhibition, Laughter in the Dark – Illustrating the Troubles, launching on 8 January, this proverb will be put to the test. The birth and rise of the political cartoon and its important role in Northern Ireland’s history will be...