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The Linen Hall Weaves a Tale Around the Fabric of Ireland in August Plus More

One of Ireland’s oldest textile products, linen, is the focus of the Linen Hall exhibition Flax Field launching 1 August. Make a start on that best seller in fiction writing workshop with NI award-winning author Bernie McGill on 23 August.

The schedule of events in date order is as follows:
Connecting Civil Rights: Then and Now
4 July – 31 August/ exhibition/ free

It’s been 50 years since the civil rights movement of the late 1960s in Northern Ireland. Using archival materials and interviews, this exhibition asks what kind of environment shaped this, and other, related political movements during the period. Part of the Connecting Civil Rights project at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Flax Field
By Josephine McCormick
3 – 31 August / exhibition/ free

Northern Ireland used to lead the world in the production and distribution of linen. As part of the Linen Biennale 2018, artist Josephine McCormick has produced a visual celebration of linen as the fabric of Ireland. In partnership with Flax Mill Textiles at Dungiven.

Death in the North Channel: the loss of the Princess Victoria
With Stephen Cameron
Tuesday 14 August at 1.00pm/ lecture/ free

The sinking of the Princess Victoria was one of the worst maritime disasters in the waters off the British Isles. 135 people lost their lives. Cameron painstakingly recounts how the tragedy unfolded.

Letters of Distinction: Somerville and Ross
Friday 17 August at 1.00pm/ lecture/ free

Somerville and Ross were Irish cousins and writers who collaborated on a series of novels and short stories that portrayed Irish society in the late 19th century. Novelist and journalist Martina Devlin discusses the fascinating letters from the authors of The Irish RM series of books.

Fiction Writing Workshop with Bernie McGill
Thursday 23 August at 1.00pm/ workshop/ £20

Award-winning writer Bernie McGill instructs on the craft of writing. All levels of experience welcome. Come with writing materials and an open creative mind.

For more information about the Linen Hall Library please visit our website at www.linenhall.com

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