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Annual General Meeting

12 May 2016

The 227th Annual General Meeting of the Linen Hall Library (Belfast Library and Society for Promoting Knowledge) will be held at 1.00pm on Thursday 12th May 2016.   All members are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served from 12.45pm. Agenda 1.  ...

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...

Holiday Schedule 2016

25 April 2016

The following Holiday Schedule applies for 2016   Spring Bank Holiday Monday 30th May   July Closure Tuesday 12th July Wednesday 13th July   Late Summer Bank Holiday Monday 29th August

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Michael McLaverty Short Story Award - Entry Guidelines

02 March 2016

MICHAEL MCLAVERTY SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2016 Entry Guidelines: THE PRIZE FOR THE WINNER IS £2,000 and the winning story will be published with the two runners-up in a limited edition anthology. ADJUDICATORS: Multi...