LAY UP YOUR ENDS: 40TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBIT
9 OCTOBER – 3 NOVEMBER
The Linen Hall is an invaluable source of theatrical material from Northern Ireland. To mark the fortieth anniversary of Charabanc’s landmark production, Lay Up Your Ends, we will host an exhibit of holdings from our Theatre and Performing Arts Archive, including items relating to Charabanc and other theatre companies and theatres, including The Lyric and Kabosh, as well as items from theatre-makers and playwrights.
CELEBRATING JO EGAN
THURSDAY 26 OCTOBER | 6PM
Join us for an evening of performances and reflections as we pay tribute to playwright Jo Egan. Alongside contributions from Gerri Moriarty, Moyra Donaldson, and Fionnuala Kennedy, there will be an opportunity to view items from Jo’s archive, which is part of The Linen Hall’s Theatre and Performing Arts Archive.
CLOSE TO HOME: MICHAEL MAGEE IN CONVERSATION WITH DR EAMONN HUGHES
WEDNESDAY 11 OCTOBER | 6PM
Close to Home is the exceptional debut novel from Michael Magee. It has attracted stellar reviews from writers and critics for its intimate and powerful account of class and masculinity set in Michael’s hometown of Belfast. Join the critically acclaimed author in conversation with Dr Eamonn Hughes, former Senior Lecturer in the School of English (QUB).
MY STORY: MARY PETERS IN CONVERSATION WITH JIM GRACEY
THURSDAY 12 OCTOBER | 6.30PM
Celebrating the launch of her captivating memoir, My Story, Mary Peters invites you into her extraordinary journey. From her triumphant gold medal win in the pentathlon at the 1972 Munich Olympics to her enduring dedication as a beloved figure in Northern Ireland’s sports community, Mary’s story is one of inspiration and resilience. Renowned Sports Editor and Reporter, Jim Gracey, will guide us through a riveting interview, delving into Mary’s remarkable life and commitment to sport and the community.
THE GOLDEN SHOVEL: REFLECTIONS ON WINDRUSH AND THE AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN COMMUNITIES
WEDNESDAY 18 OCTOBER | 1PM
Join us for a special poetry reading and event to launch The Golden Shovel curation of Poetry Jukebox, which is installed at Belfast City Hall. Presented by poets Nandi Jola and Raquel McKee, the poems in this curation pay homage to black writers. This event is presented in partnership with Quotidian – Word on the Street and is part of the Belfast International Arts Festival.
THE BOAT FACTORY: PERFORMED READING
SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER | 7.30PM
Grand Opera House
We are thrilled to announce a special one-night-only performed reading of the acclaimed Belfast Shipyard play ‘The Boat Factory’, brought back to life by the original cast – Dan Gordon and Michael Condron. The proceeds from this event will directly contribute to the support of The Linen Hall.
Tours at The Linen Hall
BLUE PLAQUE TOUR
EVERY THURSDAY | 11.00AM
Discover some of Belfast’s Blue Plaques on this city centre walking tour. Placed by Ulster History Circle, each plaque marks the home or workplace of a famous historic person in The Linen Hall area. Book by phone, email or via our website.
EVERY THURSDAY | 2.00PM
During the 1800s Belfast and its surrounding towns exploded with industry. One of the most significant industries of that time was the linen industry. Discover the history of Belfast’s linen trade on this city-centre walking tour. Many buildings in The Linen Hall area reflect the city’s past as a global industrial hub of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Book by phone, email or via our website.