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A packed programme for July at Linen Hall Library

Books and discussion are the focus of July events at the Linen Hall Library.

On 7 July Irish crime writer Richard O’Rawe talks about his new thriller Northern Heist; on 21 July Dr Marisa McGlinchey gets deep into the development of Irish republicanism in Unfinished Business; and on 28 July Jane Buckley talks about growing up during the Troubles in her book Stones Corner – Turmoil.

Plus, the Library continues its SPARK exhibition, part of the  extraORDINARYwomen project, which illuminates prominent women in the archives.


SPARKS: A Celebratory Portrait of Women in Northern Ireland

Ongoing exhibition in the Linen Hall’s Vertical Gallery

Free entry

Sparks rediscovers women in the Linen Hall Library’s collections and provides space for new voices.

Prominent figures including writers Joan Lingard and Christina Reid, activists and politicians such as Mairead Maguire and Monica McWilliams, and performers such as Helen Lewis are spotlighted alongside important community experiences and personal voices. 

The exhibition offers a range of archives and objects which function as portraits of the lived experience of women from 1965 to the present day. These are some of the women who sparked the wider voice of our generation, the flames that burned brightly in literature, theatre, politics, communities, and homes. The agitators, educators, leaders and creatives who forged their own path.The exhibition is part of the Library’s extraORDINARYwomen project.

Northern Heist

Book launch with author Richard O’Rawe

Wednesday 7 July at 7.00pm

Online ZOOM event

In Richard O’Rawe’s stunning debut novel, a new voice in Irish crime writing has been unleashed that will shock, surprise and thrill as he takes you on a white-knuckle ride through Belfast and Dublin’s criminal under-belly. Enter the deadly world of tiger kidnappings, kangaroo courts, money laundering, drug deals and double-crosses. Northern Heist is a roller-coaster bank robbery thriller with twists and turns from beginning to end. Join Richard for this live online event to hear more about this exciting new publication.

Northern Ireland Political Collection Series

Unfinished Business —The Politics of ‘Dissident’ Irish Republicanism 

with Dr Marisa McGlinchey 


Wednesday 21 July at 7.00pm

Online ZOOM event

Dr McGlinchey will discuss the development of ‘dissident’ Irish republicanism and consider its impact on politics throughout Ireland since the 1980s. Her book Unfinished Business is based on a series of interviews with over ninety radical republican activists from the wide range of groups and currents which make up ‘dissident’ republicanism, the book provides an up-to-date assessment of the political significance and potential of the groups who continue to oppose the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement. Dr Marisa McGlinchey is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Coventry University.

Stones Corner – Turmoil

With author Jane Buckley

Wednesday 28 July at 7.00pm

Online ZOOM event

Stones Corner – Turmoil is the first in a four-part series from new author Jane Buckley. Having lived through the worst years herself, she is on a mission to educate all generations, particularly the young, about the Troubles. This “factional book” covers a great deal of issues encountered at the time by both sides of the sectarian divide. In this live online event, Jane will read from her book and talk about life in the Troubles, and her passion for educating readers on the subject. 

Linen Hall Reading Group

Thursday 29th July at 1.00pm

Online ZOOM event 

The Linen Hall’s popular reading group meets via ZOOM. July’s title for discussion is Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart. To attend the virtual group, please email info@linenhall.com.

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