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Talk to Top Writers at the Linen Hall in August

Oscar Wilde said: “Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.” True? Or fake news? In August at the Linen Hall there’s much talk and discussion from male and female authors about life, writing, love and all things literary. On 11th August at 7pm a panel of prominent women writers explore how being born in the 50s has affected their work, and the progress of female authorship in general. And on 25 August at 7pm join NI actor Dan Gordon as he marks the 100th anniversary of Belfast-born writer Brian Moore’s birth.

August event schedule:

The Boy on the Bridge by Julie Dutkiewicz
Tuesday 10 August at 8.15pm
This event will take place at the Strand Arts Centre
Join us to explore the life of Belfast actor James Ellis (Z Cars, The Billy Plays).  Discover how this Belfast son, with a bridge named in his honour, embodied everything it takes not just to survive but also to leave behind a legacy that changed how we view ourselves and the city we live in. In partnership with the Eastside Arts Festival and the Belfast Film Festival, theatre company Kabosh stages the premiere reading of James’ play The Boy on the Bridge, intercut with poignant footage from an interview by politician Gerry Anderson. Directed by Paula McFetridge. To book, go to: www.strandartscentre.com

Look! It’s a Woman Writer
Authors in conversation
Wednesday 11th August at 7.00pm
Online ZOOM event
A fantastic line up of women writers, featuring Anne Devlin, Sophia Hillan and Medbh McGuckian, will be in discussion with Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, author of the recently published Look! It’s a Woman Writer (published in April 2021 by Arlen House.) The book is an anthology of 21 essays by writers born in the 1950s, a generation who experienced great change during their lives. When they were born, the woman’s voice was largely absent in Irish literature. All of that changed however, and by the 1970s and 1980s, attitudes to women in general, and to women writers had undergone a transformation. Were the baby girls of the mid-twentieth century lucky with their birth date?  Did they catch the tide of feminism just at the right moment?  Would their careers have been different if they had been born twenty years earlier? 

 Northern Ireland Political Collection Series
My Life in Loyalism: Billy Hutchinson in Conversation with Dr Gareth Mulvenna
Wednesday 18 August at 7.00pm
Online ZOOM event
From Tartan gang member to leading loyalist paramilitary, and from progressive Unionist politician to Belfast City Councillor, My Life in Loyalism is Billy Hutchinson’s remarkable story as written by Dr Gareth Mulvenna.  Join Billy, Gareth, and the Linen Hall Library for an online conversation on matters arising from the book.

Brian Moore Anniversary Events
The Cinematic Passion of Brian Moore with Brian Henry Martin and Dan Gordon
Wednesday 25th August at 7.00pm
Online ZOOM event
Actor, director and playwright Dan Gordon talks to filmmaker Brian Henry Martin about Belfast author Brian Moore on the big screen. They will discuss how the popular writer was not only a huge film fan but also adapted his own work for the cinema and collaborated with some of the great film directors. From writing Torn Curtain (1966) for Alfred Hitchcock to writing and producing Black Robe (1991) to the other film adaptations of his best-loved novels including The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987). There are also the many TV productions adapted by Moore such as The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964) and Catholics (1973).  

 Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 26th August at 1.00pm
Online ZOOM event
The Linen Hall’s popular reading group meets via ZOOM. August’s title for discussion is The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore. To attend the virtual group, please email info@linenhall.com.

The Linen Hall Library is open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm. It is free to enter and enjoy.

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