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Virginia Woolf


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New! Linen Hall Children's Summer Scheme

22 April 2016

Is your child between 6 and 12 years of age and a lover of books, drawing and illustration? The Linen Hall is launching a new Children’s Book Illustration Summer Scheme to run from 18 – 22 July. Kids will love this five-day course, which will involve them designing, illustrating and creating their own book. The scheme will be taught by award-winning artist and teacher Jenna Stevenson, who specialises in printmaking, bookbinding and illustration. Jenna has taught art...

Restoration Work Commences on Iconic Front Door

15 April 2016

The Linen Hall Library’s iconic front door will be closed for renovations until w/c 23 May. The work is being funded by Belfast City Council. Belfast-based J & J Mowbray Ltd. have been contracted to take on the necessary repairs which include restoration work to the  balcony above the door, and stone replacement and general repair around the door. This is a continuation of work undertaken around the front door in 2009. Entrance to the Library for the duration of the work...

Writers on Writers Festival 2016

07 April 2016

We’re delighted to announce the Linen Hall Library’s 2016 Writers on Writers Festival.  This year’s Festival focuses on the contribution of Northern Ireland female writers and is dedicated to the late Christina Reid. All events are now open for booking at: https://linenhall.cloudvenue.co.uk/home?cat=eventtickets For further details, check out our Writers on Writers Festival 2016 leaflet.

April Events at the Linen Hall

01 April 2016

THE CORRS COME TO THE LINEN HALL IN APRIL The dramatic and turbulent social and political climate of the early 20th century in Ireland is poignantly captured by one Belfast family in The Corr Family – Witnessing History exhibition launching at the Linen Hall on 5 April. The seminal events of that time, including the Easter Rising, Irish revolutionary period and the First World War, come to life through diaries, letters and other personal memorabilia produced and kept by the five Corr...

2016 Michael McLaverty Short Story Award Announced

04 March 2016

Calling All Short Story Writers! International 2016 Michael McLaverty Short Story Competition Announced The Linen Hall Library in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has announced the launch of the 2016 Michael McLaverty Short Story Award. This prestigious award, which has run biennially since 2006, was set up to foster and encourage the tradition of the Irish short story. Entrants must have been born in, or are citizens of, or resident in Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland, and be over 18...

Michael McLaverty Short Story Award - Entry Guidelines

02 March 2016

MICHAEL MCLAVERTY SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2016 Entry Guidelines: THE PRIZE FOR THE WINNER IS £2,000 and the winning story will be published with the two runners-up in a limited edition anthology. ADJUDICATORS: Multi award-winning writer David Park (The Big Snow, The Truth Commissioner, Gods and Angels) and Patsy Horton, Managing Editor of Blackstaff Press. THEME:    Lost Fields ENTRY FEE:    £10 Sterling with each entry...

Read All About It! Belfast Newsboys Club Minute Book Gifted to Linen Hall

29 February 2016

Back in the 1920s the lads who sold the Belfast Telegraph set up a social club called the Belfast Newsboys Club (BNC), an early cross-community venture which also included a ladies branch. Recently a BNC minute book covering the period 1946-1954 was donated to the Library by Dolores Duffy. Deputy Librarian Monica Cash says: “ The Belfast Newsboys Club minute book is a fascinating glimpse into this thriving association and the activities and facilities it offered in the post war...

March Events at the Linen Hall

26 February 2016

Child Poverty – Past And Present: Exhibition Shines Light On One Of Society’s Dark Corners Child poverty is not just some Dickensian nightmare consigned to the history books; it is becoming a much talked about reality of modern times. In March the Linen Hall hosts Generations of Generosity produced by the Presbyterian Orphan and Children’s Society. This exhibition charts the history of the 150-year-old organisation and confirms that alleviating child poverty is as...

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

25 February 2016

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Calls On Communities In Northern Ireland To Reconnect With Cemeteries Of The First World War On Friday 26 February, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), supported by the World War One Centenary Committee in Northern Ireland, will announce details of “Living Memory” – a project to engage communities in Northern Ireland with the 2,700 war graves of the two world wars to be found in 400 cemeteries and burial grounds. The...