The historic Linen Hall Library have launched their most ambitious online programme since lockdown began. 

The Linen Hall Library are excited to be presenting a great opportunity for the next guitar generation by bringing together a stellar lineup for their upcoming workshops ‘Guitar Heroes’. The lineup includes original Thin Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell, Jake Burns from Stiff Little Fingers, Andy Cairns from Therapy? and Ricky Warwick from Black Star Riders, who will all be taking part in a series of workshops as part of the library’s ‘Making the Future’ project. 

The programme kicks off on Monday 10th May with a Zoom chat led by BBC presenter Ralph McLean. Ralph will be discussing with some of the country’s best-loved guitarists how growing up in Northern Ireland shaped their musical styles, who were their musical influences and how they view the impact their music has had on generations over their musical career. 

Also on the 10th May senior lecturer, Tony Novosel examines the routes Loyalism could have taken in his talk ‘An Alternative Ulster? Political Loyalism: 1973-1987 as part of the Northern Ireland Political Collection Series. The talk will take place at 7pm over Zoom. 

Linen Hall asks, ‘Who was St John Ervine (1883-1971)?’ as you are invited to join Norman Vance for this talk rediscovering the life of multi-talented Ulster writer, dramatist, feminist, socialist and columnist John Ervine. The talk will take place at 7pm over Zoom on Wednesday 12th May. 

Professor Feargal Cochrane reviews the NI peace process in light of Brexit with his book launch on Wednesday 19th May. After two decades of relative peace following the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, the Brexit referendum in 2016 reopened the Northern Ireland question. In this thoughtful and engaging book, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Christopher Ewart Biggs Memorial Prize on its original release, Feargal Cochrane considers the region’s troubled history from the struggle for Irish independence in the nineteenth century to the present.

The Linen Hall Reading Group will host their next meeting on Thursday 27th May at 1pm. May’s title for discussion is ‘1921’ by Morgan Llewelyn. 

Mays events are rounded off with Club Leabhar, the Irish Language Reading Group on Saturday 29th May from 11am – 12 noon. Everyone is welcome whether you are a confident Irish Language speaker or want to brush up on your skills. May’s title is ‘Ceo Bruithne’ by Colin Ryan (available through An Ceathrú Póilí in An Chultúrlann amongst other places).

For more information visit www.linenhall.com. All meetings and workshops will take place via zoom and a link will be emailed to you on registration. To register your place on any of the virtual groups please email info@linenhall.com.