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Enjoy reading the extraORDINARYwomen blogs to hear the personal stories behind some of the archives in our collections.

I Was There: Working-Class Women in Community Drama

I Was There: Working-Class Women in Community Drama

The extraORDINARY Women project at the Linen Hall Library has one fundamental goal: to celebrate the significance of ordinary women’s lives in Northern Ireland. This summer, as part of my PhD research, I have had the privilege of furthering this aim by exploring the Theatre and Performing Arts collections in the Linen Hall Library’s fantastic archives, looking specifically at materials relating to community arts.

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Anna Lo: an election journey

Anna Lo: an election journey

By Anna Lo

In this blog Anna Lo discusses her election journey, making change for a better future and her debut in politics. A tough campaigning journey proved to be fruitful as she made history by becoming ‘the first non-white elected politician in Northern Ireland and more astonishingly, the first China-born parliamentarian in Europe.’

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Charabanc: A Cultural Exchange in Russia

Charabanc: A Cultural Exchange in Russia

By Carol Moore

In this blog Carol Moore, a co-founder of Charabanc Theatre Company, talks about the exciting first years of the company, and what she describes as ‘a journey of female empowerment’.

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Memories of the ‘Word of Mouth Poetry Collective’

Memories of the ‘Word of Mouth Poetry Collective’

By Ruth Carr By Gráinne Tobin

In this blog noted members of the Word of Mouth Poetry Collective, namely Gráinne Tobin and Ruth Carr, share experiences of what it was like to be part of the collective. This valued collective brought together a group of peers who shared a love for writing to discuss creating new written work. The Linen Hall Library housed many of these meetings in its Governors Room or Members Room (as it was known then).

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What’s Next For Arlene Foster?

What’s Next For Arlene Foster?

A little less twitter, a lot more thought and direct conversation. What’s next for Arlene Foster?

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Danielle Roberts of Here NI explores the legacy of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition

Danielle Roberts of Here NI explores the legacy of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition

By Danielle Roberts

Danielle Roberts explores the legacy of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition. She recalls how seeing a poster in the Linen Hall Library’s Vertical Gallery reminded her of the commitment these women had to making Northern Ireland a more equal place.

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Jenkinson, Rosemary

Death and Feminism

By Jenkinson, Rosemary

Death and Feminism blog by Rosemary Jenkinson, award-winning playwright, essayist, and short story specialist allows us to peep behind the doors of a writer’s life through humour’s glasses.

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Music Making Change Happen

Music Making Change Happen

By Lynda Walker

Lynda Walker, women’s rights and civil rights activist, talks about the power of song to inspire, and the impact that the International Women’s Day Concert Belfast, 1981, had on the development of NI women’s centres and campaigns.

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