Belfast Literature - December 2015

A round-up of the best literary events, readings and festivals taking place throughout the next month

Read to Me - Running until December 24 at the Linen Hall Library

Well known Northern Ireland writers, such as Michael Longley, Ciaran Carson, Jennifer Johnston and Sheena Wilkinson, are caught on canvas reading from their own works to Joanna Mules.

Lorna Shaughnessy Poetry Reading - December 4 at No Alibis Bookstore

Lorna was born in Belfast and lives in Galway Ireland. She has published two poetry collections, Torching the Brown River and Witness Trees (Salmon, 2008 and 2011), and her work was selected for the Forward Book of Poetry, 2009. She is also a translator of Spanish and Latin American Poetry.

Her most recent translation, The Disappearance of Snow, by Galician writer Manuel Rivas (Shearsman Press, 2012), was shortlisted for the UK Poetry Society’s Popescu Award.

Breaking Bard - December 6 at the Black Box - Admission £3

Banbridge poet and Human Rights Festival Artist-in-Residence Colin Hassard explores the theme of heroes and villains through a mix of poetry, music and comedy that will challenge perceptions of spoken word performance.

Breaking Bard

Read to Me at Christmas - December 7 at the Linen Hall Library - Admission £10

A host of local writers, including Ciaran Carson and Patricia Craig, read from works with a Christmas theme. Festive refreshments included.

Western Ways Book Launch - December 8 at the Linen Hall Library - Admission free

This collection of images from the 1930s and '40s taken by Irish Republican Ernie O’Malley and his American wife Helen Hooker illuminates the world of rural Ireland in mid 20th century. Many of the images have never been seen by the public before. Copies of the book will be available to purchase.

Donal Ryan Literary Lunchtime - December 9 at the Ulster Hall - Book tickets

Donal Ryan’s award-winning début novel, The Spinning Heart, and the follow-up, The Thing About December, became Number One bestsellers. His first short story collection, A Slanting of the Sun, is released from this September.

Tales of a White Christmas - December 17 at the Linen Hall Library - Admission £10

Actress Victoria Gleason looks at festive traditions around the world with readings, music and poetry. Refreshments provided.