Cultural Belongings: an exhibition of the poetry of Gerald Dawe

Linen Hall Library 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast

Gerald Dawe celebrates the art of living in places. Whether the Belfast of the 1960s, the anxious territories of the 1970s and 1980s, or the emergent Irelands north and south of recent decades, his writing expresses the potency of memory to shape and sustain.

Richard Hayward: Romancing Ireland – an evening with Maurice Leyden, Jane Cassidy and Paul Clements

Linen Hall Library 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast

For decades Richard Hayward (1892 – 1964) was a household name in Ulster and one of Ireland’s best loved cultural figures. Local folk-singers Maurice Leyden and Jane Cassidy team up with Hayward’s biographer Paul Clements to present a show celebrating Richard Hayward’s fascinating career and contribution to the cultural life of the island of Ireland, through anecdote and folk–song.

Free

Jan Morris: Life from Both Sides

Linen Hall Library 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast

When Jan Morris died in 2020, she was considered one of Britain’s best-loved writers. The author of Venice, Pax Britannica, Conundrum, and more than 50 other books, her work was known for its observational genius, lyricism and humour, and earned her a passionate readership around the world.

Free

Campbell College: The Men Behind the Glass

‘The Men Behind the Glass’ is a photographic exhibition that pays tribute to the sacrifice made by 126 pupils and one staff member of Campbell College in the Great War. The project outlines how these men, boys, and their families lived, fought, survived, or died. With the support of PRONI and funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund, over 100 photographs have been preserved to allow the stories of these boys and men to be told.

Francis Hutcheson and Contemporary Ireland

Francis Hutcheson was an Ulster-Scot philosopher who became known as one of the founding fathers of the Scottish Enlightenment. He was notable for his humane view of mankind – for him, there was inherent goodness in people. Join Philip Orr, author of ‘The Secret Chain: Francis Hutcheson and Contemporary Ireland’, for an online conversation on moralism and the Scottish Enlightenment.

Free

Andrew Gibson Memorial Lecture

In this year’s Andrew Gibson Memorial Lecture, Ian Crozier, CEO of the Ulster-Scots Agency, will talk about the life and legacy of the former Linen Hall Governor and Burns Collector, Andrew Gibson. Gibson was a businessman and philanthropist from Ayrshire, who came to Belfast with his family in the 1880s. Gibson is the man responsible in large part for The Linen Hall Burns archive, which is one of the largest, and most important, outside of Scotland.

Free

Dunluce – Act 2

Performance Area Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast

Willy and Jamey walked to Dunluce Castle to celebrate that they had settled their differences. On returning home, they discover that their wives Masie and Rose expect them to do a share of the chores. What they do next might surprise you.

Dan Gordon and Marty Maguire bring to life the second act of Neil Speers’ play, ‘Dunluce’. Join us for a one-off performance at The Linen Hall.

£5.00

Ulster-Scots Writing Competition Winners

With the support of the Ulster-Scots Agency, The Linen Hall organised its second Ulster-Scots Writing Competition last Autumn. The two competition categories were prose and poetry. The winner for each section and one runner-up for each section will be announced on the day and the winning entries will be published in a special edition anthology.

Free

Holiday Italian – Afternoon

Performance Area Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast

After popular demand, Dr Federica Ferrieri is coming back to The Linen Hall with a new 10-week course! Holiday Italian is a fun and interactive class suitable for Absolute Beginners, False Beginners and also all those who feel a bit rusty and would like to refresh their Italian.

£40.00 – £45.00

Holiday Italian – Evening

Performance Area Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast

After popular demand, Dr Federica Ferrieri is coming back to The Linen Hall with a new 10-week course! Holiday Italian is a fun and interactive class suitable for Absolute Beginners, False Beginners and also all those who feel a bit rusty and would like to refresh their Italian.

£50.00 – £55.00

After Auschwitz

On Holocaust Memorial Day 2023, join Daniel Kowalsky, Lecturer in European Studies, Queen’s University Belfast. The starting point for his talk is the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Soviet Red Army on 27 January 1945.

Free