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The Linguistic Impact of Immigration on NI is Explored in Linen Hall November Exhibition

On 5 November the Linen Hall launches From Home to Here: Stories of Languages Old and New, a new exhibition that examines the effect of immigrant dialects on our daily conversations. The exhibition is free and runs until 20 December.

Also in November award-winning playwright Marie Jones stages her popular play A Night in November; we celebrate Ulster-Scots poetry with Dr Frank Ferguson; and find out abut Belfast artist, the late John Luke.

The schedule of November events in date order is as follows: 

Discovering Shakespeare’s Indian Connections
Continuing from October –  28 November/ exhibition/ free
New exhibition that showcases Indian representations of Shakespeare’s works. Curated by Queen’s University Belfast postdoctoral researchers Thea Buckley and Rosa Garcia–Periago. Features items from stage, props and costumes to translations and comics in Indian languages. 

From Home to Here: Stories of Languages Old and New
5 November – 20 December/ exhibition/ free
Explores the socio-cultural and linguistic impact on Northern Ireland of its changing population, from when the first Celtic speakers arrived, to the present day. The Peace Process has made Northern Ireland more attractive to economic migrants which has resulted in unprecedented inward migration so that ethnic minorities in the region and their languages have become increasingly audible and visible. Co-curated by Prof Karen Corrigan, Newcastle University, and Drs Frances Kane and Kate Mairs, Queen’s University Belfast, with human rights advocate Roberta Bacic, curator of Conflict Textiles.

Let’s Talk About Language
5, 12 & 19 November at 6.30pm/ lecture/ free
Celebrating thirty years of Irish language classes in the Linen Hall Library and the European Year of Indigenous Languages, this series covers a variety of aspects of Irish language and culture.

Irish Book Club
Thursday 7 November at 1.00pm/ Irish language book club/ free
Speak Irish? Or want to brush up on your language skills? Join in the conversation. This month’s title is Tairngreacht  by Proinsias Mac a’ Bhaird.

John Luke, A Belfast Artist
With Arthur Luke
Friday 8 November at 1.00pm/ lecture/ free
Painter, sculptor, muralist and printmaker, John Luke began his working life in Belfast’s shipyards and after worked in the linen industry. His relative, Arthur Luke, describes John’s legacy.

A Night In November
By Marie Jones
Wednesday 13 November at 6.00pm/ performance/ £10pp
25th anniversary production of the stunning multi-award-winning play from Marie Jones. The story follows Kenneth McAllister one night in November, when he did the most exciting, outrageous, crazy, mad thing he’d ever done.

Civic Conversation, Stories of Languages Old and New:
Policy and Practice Challenges
Wednesday 20 November at 4.00pm/ discussion/ free
The evening will explore the socio-cultural and linguistic impact, on language policies and practices in NI, of global events generated by changes to EU policies, Brexit and the refugee crisis. Chaired by Prof Karen Corrigan, Newcastle University.

Writing for the Stage
With Rosemary Jenkinson
Thursday 28 November/ workshop/ £15
Award-winning playwright and short story writer Rosemary Jenkinson gives advice for breaking into the very competitive publishing industry.

‘Shoon Prettier far than Shoes”: A Celebration of Ulster-Scots Poetry
With Dr Frank Ferguson, Ulster University
Friday 29th November at 1.00pm/lecture/ free
Part of Ulster-Scots Language Week, Dr Ferguson explores the literary legacy left by Ulster-Scots poets during the 18th and 19th centuries.                   

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 28 November at 1.10pm/ discussion/ free
All are welcome to come along and join in the discussion of the chosen book of the month. October’s title up for discussion is At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien.

The Linen Hall Library is open free to the public Monday – Friday 9.30am- 5.30pm.


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