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It’s a new year and a new schedule of cultural events at the Linen Hall Library.

Linen Hall powers into 2022 with New Year blast of cultural events.

Former Linen Hall governor Andrew Gibson takes centre stage with an exhibition starting 4 January. Find out how this collector of poet Robert Burns’ material in the early 20th century was responsible for the Library’s world-renowned Burns’ archive.

They also mark Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January with a talk focusing on concentration camp survivors who arrived in Northern Ireland to start a new life after World War II. And their popular reading groups fire up again for a year of book reviews and discussion.

 

January event schedule:

 

Andrew Gibson: An Ardent son

Exhibition

4 – 28 January

In the Library

The Linen Hall holds one of the world’s largest collections of Scottish poet Roberts Burns’ work and associated miscellany outside of Scotland. Former Linen Hall Library governor Andrew Gibson (1841 – 1931) is to thank in large part for this archive. The story behind the purchase and maintenance of the collection, as well as a display of highlights from the collection, will be available to view throughout January

 

Club Leabhar

Irish language reading group

Saturday 8 January at 11am

Online ZOOM event

Want to brush up on your Irish language skills? Join the Linen Hall’s Irish Language Reading Group which meets online. January’s title is An Fear nárbh fhéidir a Fheiscint (translation of H.G. Wells)

 

Dunluce by Neill Speers

Reading by Dan Gordon and Marty Maguire

Tuesday 18 January at 1.00pm

In the Library

John McDonnell and Willy McQuillan are in their seventies. Lifelong friends, they spend their days rekindling boisterous boyhoods. They go for long walks and experiment with pyrotechnics in their shared sheds. On their walks they have learned not to take the road leading to Dunluce castle. Its looming presence reminds them of a bitter feud for the castle, which began between their families, four hundred years ago. One sunny afternoon they decide to deal with the ‘Dunluce effect’ by walking in each other’s shoes. Actors Dan Gordon and Marty Maguire bring this adventure to life with a dramatic reading.

 

Andrew Gibson Memorial Lecture 2022

With TV presenter Alistair Heather

Monday 24 January at 7.00pm

Online ZOOM event

Alistair heather is a writer and broadcaster from Scotland with a passion for the poet Robert Burns and the Scots language. Tune in to this online (ZOOM) event to hear Alistair’s unique take on Burns collector Gibson, Burns and the Linen Hall Library. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A with Alistair Heather and Josh Bircham.

 

Holocaust Memorial Day

From Auschwitz to Ulster: One Day that Changed and Saved Lives

With Linen Hall Cultural Events Assistant Scott Edgar

Thursday 27 January at 1.00pm

In the Library plus online ZOOM stream

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘One Day’. The Linen Hall’s Scott Edgar will look at ‘one day’ in history that changed the lives of young Jews from across Europe following the liberation of one of the most notorious concentration camps Auschwitz. On 24 February 1946, military planes landed in Sydenham, Belfast bringing dozens of teens to a new life of safety and freedom. From there, they went to rural Co. Down and on to achieve great things across the globe. Hear their story!

 

Linen Hall Reading Group

Thursday 27 January at 1.00pm

Online ZOOM event

The Linen Hall's popular reading group meets via ZOOM. January’s title is ‘When All is Said’ by Anne Griffin.

 

The Linen Hall Library is open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm. It is free to enter and enjoy.

For more information about the Linen Hall Library go to: www.linenhall.com.

Wed, 26 Jan 2022 9:30am - 5:30pm
Thu, 27 Jan 2022 9:30am - 5:30pm
Thu, 27 Jan 2022 1:00 - 2:00pm
Fri, 28 Jan 2022 9:30am - 5:30pm

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