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Linen Hall Charity Shop to Relocate

13 June 2016

The popular Linen Hall Charity Book Shop, currently located at 21 Fountain Street, will be closing on 30 June and moving to new premises. To mark the move, selected titles will be on sale for 50p. Details of the new location will be announced soon.

Do You Have Information on a 1955 Hanging?

13 June 2016

New Zealand novelist, poet and scriptwriter Dame Fiona Kidman DNZM, OBE has been in Belfast for the Belfast Book Festival talking about her novel The Infinite Air, and conducting research into a fascinating new book she is writing about the hanging of a Belfast man in New Zealand in 1955. Albert from Belfast was the second to last person hanged in New Zealand. He had become embroiled in a fight during which a man was killed. Many felt that Albert’s blame for the killing was unjust,...

Library Welcomes Battle of Jutland Artefact

09 June 2016

Most donations to the Library are books or magazines and occasionally letters, but one recent gift is somewhat more unusual. Last week Library visitor Mrs Myrtle Montgomery appeared at the Irish and Reference desk on level 4 with a miniature teak barrel made from H.M.S. Iron Duke, the flagship at the Battle of Jutland. She has kindly donated this historical artefact to our archives. On the front of the barrel is a label which reads ‘From the teak of H.M.S. Iron Duke Admiral...

Staging 2016 Gets Standing Ovation

06 June 2016

Thanks to funding from the Department for Communities, the Library recently completed a 13-week, after-school programme of drama and creative writing for local children aged 5 – 15. The aims of the project were to encourage creativity, build confidence and remove barriers to participation. The project was led by Linen Hall Education and Outreach Officer Jenna Stevenson who has taught art education in the UK and internationally for eight years. Each child created his/her own book, and...

Linen Hall Library Recognises the Unsung Heroes of the Battlefield – The Stretcher Bearers

03 June 2016

The battlefields of WWI were brutal killing fields for soldiers with arms. But what about those without arms? The Linen Hall’s new and exclusive exhibition Stretcher Bearer! The Last Days of Mankind*, gives recognition to one of WWI’s most vital, but often overlooked heroes – the battlefield stretcher bearers. Produced by Northern Ireland artist Leslie Nicholl, the exhibition is free and runs from 3 June - 30 July. The exhibition is accompanied by poems by Sam Burnside,...

June Events at the Linen Hall

02 June 2016

NEW AND EXCLUSIVE EXHIBITION AT THE LINEN HALL RECOGNISES THE UNSUNG HEROES OF THE SOMME – THE STRETCHER BEARERS Local artist Leslie Nicholl has created a series of superbly detailed paintings and drawings of the often passed-over heroes of the First World War battlefields - the stretcher bearers. Stretcher Bearer! The Last Days of Mankind runs from 3 June – 30 July. Also in June, local theatre company Green Shoot Productions completes a series of talks about Belfast in the...

Job Vacancies at the Linen Hall Library

01 June 2016

THESE POSTS HAVE NOW CLOSED! No further applications will be accepted. Founded in 1788, the Linen Hall Library is the oldest library in Belfast and the last subscribing library in Ireland.  The Library is seeking two full time Library Assistants for temporary positions until 31 January 2018. LIBRARY ASSISTANT (Ref: LA/07/16) – 2 posts Salary: £16,481 (36 hrs per week) Under the direction of the Senior Library Assistant, the Library Assistant will assist in all...

2016 Linen Hall Writers On Writers Festival Focuses On The Feminine

05 May 2016

This year’s Writers on Writers Festival focuses on the ‘yin’ of Northern Ireland literature. The Festival, now in its third year, will run from Monday 9 May to Friday 13 May. Northern Ireland women writers, past and present, will be honoured, with the week dedicated to Christina Reid (1942 – 2015), the late playwright and a former Governor of the Linen Hall Library. Names including Lucy Caldwell, Anne Devlin, Jo Egan and Finn Kennedy are all part of the stellar line...

May Events at the Linen Hall

28 April 2016

POET, PAINTER, SONGWRITER EXTRAORDINAIRE – WE PAY TRIBUTE TO PERCY FRENCH IN MAY Acknowledged as one of Ireland’s greatest songwriters, Percy French (1854 – 1920) is profiled in the Linen Hall exhibition Percy French: Poet, Painter, Performer, starting on 3 May. Also in the month, Antrim Arts Club marks its 65th birthday with Paintings in Memory of World War One, a selection of work inspired by the centenary of the First World War. The schedule for May, in...