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New and Exclusive 'Troubles' Photographic Exhibition at the Linen Hall in April

06 April 2018

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The Desolation and Destruction of the ‘Troubles’ Captured in New and Exclusive Linen Hall Photography Exhibition

Launching on 10 April in the Linen Hall is the poignant photography exhibition Melancholy Witness Images of the Troubles by Séan Hillen. The documentary feel of the images elicits a powerful emotional response.

Also in April meet the Workman family of 19th century Belfast and get a glimpse into life for a middle-class textile industrialist at that time, and find out how the Royal Air Force as formed.

The schedule of events in date order is as follows:

Royal National Lifeboat Institution Exhibition
Continues until 13 April/ exhibition/ free

An eclectic mix of paintings donated by Ulster artists in support of the RNLI charity that saves lives at sea.  Proceeds from the sale of the artwork will be donated to the RNLI and the Linen Hall Library.

Melancholy Witness
Images of the ‘Troubles’ by Séan Hillen
10 April – 5 May/ exhibition/ free

Seamus Heaney, Nobel Laureate, said of Séan Hillen’s pictures: “The images have a documentary accuracy, but it is the aura of melancholy witness that marks them as the work of Séan Hillen.” Combining documentary history, what emerges is a powerful and compelling story of unrest, beauty and change. This is the first Belfast showing and exclusive to the Linen Hall.

The Workman Family of Nineteenth-Century Belfast
With Dr Alice Johnson
Thursday 12 April/ lecture/ free

The Workman family were part of the middle-class, industrial elite. This lecture tracks three generations of the family who were Scottish-descended Presbyterian textile industrialists deeply involved in the towns civic, religious and charitable institutions.

Irish Book Club
Saturday 14 April at 11.00am/book club/ free

Whatever your level of mastery in the Irish language, all are welcome to join and discuss the latest chosen book. This month’s title is Diabhlaíocht Dé by Micheál Ó Conghaile.

Melancholy Witness Book Launch
Wednesday 18 April at 1.00pm/ book launch/ free

The published collection of artist Séan Hillen’s lauded photographs documenting the years of the ‘Troubles’. Books will be available to purchase on the night.

With Poet Kevin Kiely
Friday 20 April at 1.00pm/ lecture/ free

Poet, novelist, literary critic, and Fulbright Scholar, Kiely was born in County Down and his commentaries on arts and cultural issues appear in Village Magazine and the Irish Independent among others. Today Kiely will read from his new work UCD Belfield Metaphysical: A Retrospective.

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 26 April at 1.10pm/ discussion/ free

All are welcome to join in the discussion and debate of the selected title of the month. This month’s chosen book is Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.

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

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