December Events at the Linen Hall Library Wraps Up 225th Anniversary

29th November 2013

2013 has been a fun-filled, remarkable year for the Linen Hall Library as it has celebrated its 225th year in operation.

Professor Fran Brearton

December wraps it all up with a seasonal events line up including a service of carols, music and words at St. Anne’s Cathedral and a family Christmas Xtravaganza with storytelling, a silver band and face painting.

The schedule of events in the Linen Hall Library in December is as follows in chronological order:

Miniatures and Small Paintings by Jennifer Hulme

Continues until 24 December/ exhibition/ free

A selection of stunning miniatures by NI artist Jennifer Hulme, whose pieces have been commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales. Her studies of flowers, animals and the countryside are bursting with colour and vitality. Pictures are available for purchase. Artist Doris Houston also cameos in the exhibition.

CS Lewis: Through the Wardrobe

Continues until 24 December/ exhibition/ free

To mark the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’s death, this is a wonderful opportunity to get behind the mind of the man who brought the land of Narnia to the world. For the first time ever in Northern Ireland Irish artist and illustrator Jonathan Barry, who specializes in painting famous scenes from literature, is exhibiting a series of Narnia scenes. Prints exclusive to the Linen Hall are available for purchase. C.S. Lewis’s personal correspondence and other items from our archive are included.

The Kennedy Years by Kathryn Olmsted

Monday 2 December 2.30pm – 4.00pm/ talk/ free

In partnership with the U.S. Consulate to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Linen Hall is delighted to host a talk by Kennedy expert and author Professor Kathryn Olmsted. Based on her book Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, Olmsted will discuss the psychological underpinnings of her theories, particularly in the context of the Kennedy years.

Christmas Xtravaganza

Thursday 12 December at 5.30 – 8.00pm/ family event/ £10 family ticket

A silver band playing Christmas music will serve as a perfect backdrop for this family evening in the Library. Browse our Christmas gift selection as you sip mulled wine and nibble mince pies. The kids will be entertained with our Victorian storyteller or having their faces painted. Santa may even squeeze down the chimney.

Poems for Christmas

Wednesday 18 December at 1.00pm/ reading/ £3pp

Guaranteed to get you in the holiday mood, Belfast-based poet and critic Kevin Quinn reads a selection of Christmas-themed poems by big names such as Thomas Hardy, Dylan Thomas, John Betjeman, Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon and others. With tea/coffee and mince pies.

St. Anne’s Cathedral Service of Thanksgiving

Thursday 19 December at 6.00pm/ performance/ free

As a final sign off to mark the Linen Hall’s 225th birthday year, a special service of thanksgiving with carols, music and words will be held in St. Anne’s Cathedral. Linen Hall patrons Dame Mary Peters, Glenn Patterson, Dan Gordon and Roma Tomelty will give readings. Musician Neil Martin will play something specially chosen for this event. The Cathedral choir and organist will also perform traditional carols. A magic night in a magic setting, and a perfect way to end a magic year.

The Linen Hall Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays from 2.00pm on Tuesday 24 December until 9.30am on Thursday 2 January.

For more information about these events and the Linen Hall Library in general, visit