Living Library

Our Living Library event is your opportunity to ‘borrow’ a person, instead of a book, for a one-to-one 20-minute conversation.

Running as part of Good Relations Week 2023, our library-with-a-difference is the place to discover unique and fascinating real-life stories.

With 15 different stories to discover on the day, here are just some of the intriguingly titled ‘books’ to whet your appetite:

• How did a social worker end up in Long Kesh?
• Poet…. peeler, Druid…. healer, Queer (LGBTQIA+)…. volunteer!
• ‘So where are you from, love?’
• This will only end in two ways………..death or prison

Read the full list of titles, along with a synopsis of each story: Living Library 2023 (

To book your place, contact us with your book(s) selection and we’ll come back to you with your allotted 20-minute timeslot(s).

Email: or call 028 9027 0663.

The event will take place at a Belfast city centre venue, which will be confirmed along with your booking.

Fighting Words NI Workshop in Rathcoole Library

Rathcoole is welcoming the team from Fighting Words NI for a special workshop blending storytelling and illustration together.  This event is aimed at children between the ages of 9 and 11.  Advanced booking essential!

Storytime with Heather Bradley

Join  award-winning Canadian children’s author Heather Bradley in Belfast Central Library, for this special story time event as she promotes her new book “We Both Speak English, But…”

This book is about two cousins, two countries and one language – sort of!

This is a family event and Heather will be available to chat to children after.  Booking is advisable.

Tullycarnet Yarnspinners with Colum Sands

Come along to Tullycarnet Library and join the Yarnspinners for a talk with Colum Sands. Colum Sands is a universal storyteller who draws on a long Irish tradition of poetic musicality to weave songs for the world.

He has performed in over thirty countries around the world, confirming the universal appeal for the songs and stories with which he observes the minute and often humorous details of life. He has the unique ability to observe locally and appeal universally.

Booking Essential.

Yarnspinners present renowned storyteller “Stephen O’Hara” in Lisburn City Library

Stephen O’Hara learned to tell stories in the classroom where he taught English, and then in Ireland’s only storytelling cafe, Cafe Revive in Cushendall.

His stories bring the past of this place into the present, memorialising lost characters and making sense of superstitions, legends and truths. Expect to laugh, to wonder and to wipe a tear as he tells through the past and into the present day.

Advanced booking essential

Change Starts With Me

Towards Understanding and Healing are hosting a series of readings from culturally diverse community based writers, all exploring how each of us might take more personal reasonability in creating a more dynamic social, cultural, environmentally and economical change.

Writers reading in the cafeteria area of Holywell Trust: Sue Divin, Roy Arbuckle, Grainne McAnee, Jim Simpson, Felicity McCall, Anne Walker and Stan McWilliams.



REACH Across Cross Community Informal Debate and Storytelling Sessions

REACH Across will organise a Good Relations event that will initially reflect on our past cross-community programmes through the stories and experiences of former members and leaders. The 2nd part of the event will allow current members to discuss current Good Relations issues and proposals, so that they can contribute to a Shared Future and to ‘Brighter Days Ahead’.

Irish Storytime

Libraries NI has partnered with Glor Uachta Tire to deliver a storytime in Irish for children age 5-8 read by Mary McMurragh to promote Irish language in the community.

This will be held in Castelwellan Library at 5pm

Booking essential, limited to 6 adults, one adult per family.

Contact: Tel: 028 4377 8433 or Email: