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
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.
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.’
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).
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.
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.