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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...

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: 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...