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Highlights in the April calendar of cultural events at the Linen Hall include events exploring a variety of perspectives on the recent ‘Troubles’ and the 1921 partition of Ireland and creation of the Northern Ireland state. 

Author James Simpson takes us on a pre and post partition journey on 6 April in his new book Smoke and Birds, and on 27 April Andrew Beattie reads from his poetry book The Permeation of Tears which captures his experiences growing up in the recent Troubles. 

April events at the Linen Hall: 

Free exhibition
4 – 28 April/free
In the Library
Looking at the influence of people from abroad on Northern Ireland over the last 100 years, Here-ish is a photographic exhibition from AvilaMedia, a Northern Ireland social enterprise, partnering on community and research projects, produced alongside Maciek Bator of MB Studios and featuring the work of National Geographic photographer Rashid Khaidanov.

Club Leabhar
Irish language reading group
Saturday 2 April at 11am/ free
Online ZOOM event
Want to brush up on your Irish language skills? Join the Linen Hall’s Irish Language Reading Group which meets online. April’s title is Scéalta Mhicí Sheáin Néill by Caitlín Nic Niallais.

Smoke and Birds by James Simpson
Wednesday 6 April at 1.00pm/ free
In the Library
Join author of Smoke and Birds James Simpson for a relaxed afternoon of readings, recollection, and conversation in an informal atmosphere of creativity and audience participation. With an authentic northern voice, and a passion for historical context, James will take us on a journey through pre- and post-partition Ulster.

Reporting the Troubles by Deric Henderson and Ivan Little
New book
Wednesday 13 April at 1.00pm/ free
In the Library
In Reporting the Troubles 2, Deric Henderson and Ivan Little have compiled stories from more than 70 journalists who write powerfully about their time working through the turbulent years of the Northern Ireland conflict. Join Deric and Ivan as they share some of these stories.

‘As I was among the captives’: Joseph Campbell’s prison diary and its peregrinations by Professor Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
Wednesday 20 April at 1.00pm/ free
In the Library (plus live online stream)
Poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin presents an in-depth, unique look at the prison diaries of Irish poet Joseph Campbell, who had connections to the Linen Hall Library. Campbell documented his life during his internment in Ireland at Mountjoy and The Curragh from 1922. 

The Permeation of Tears by Andrew Beattie
Wednesday 27 April at 1.00pm/free
In the Library
Belfast-born poet Andrew Beattie reads from his collection The Permeation Of Tears. His poetry brings a light to the darkness of the city’s yesterdays. Born in 1964 in the Ardoyne area of Belfast, Beattie found himself in what became the eye of a storm, where violence, bombing, shooting, rioting were the norm.

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 28 April at 1.00pm
In the Library
The Linen Hall’s popular reading group meets on the last Thursday of each month. April’s title is These Days by Lucy Caldwell. The session will feature a short Q&A with the author. 

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

To book for any of these events click here.