Belfast Telegraph

Monday 2 February 2015

Plaque to south Belfast artist unveiled

Nelson McCausland (far right) unveils plaque to Sam Hanna Bell, with Doreen Corcoran, chair of the Ulster History Circle and Fergus Hanna Bell, the author's son
Caption?Culture Minister Nelson McCausland unveiled the plaque to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sam Hanna Bell, local author and broadcaster today.  Here he is pictured with Doreen Corcoran, Chair of the Ulster History Circle and Fergus Hanna Bell, the author's son, discussing 'A Salute from the Banderol: The Selected Writings of Sam Hanna Bell' which has just been published to coincide with the centenary.

A plaque has been unveiled in south Belfast to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of author and broadcaster Sam Hanna Bell.

The plaque is situated at two Crescent Gardens where Mr Bell lived when he wrote his novel December Bride.

Culture Minister Nelson McCausland, who unveiled the plaque, said: “We will all be familiar with what is arguably his most famous work, December Bride. This book, along with the 1991 film adaptation, brought Sam’s work to the attention of a world-wide audience.

“Many of Sam’s novels and short stories brought to life the Ulster-Scots language and culture to a variety of readers across Northern Ireland and around the world. They are an extremely valuable part of our rich cultural and artistic heritage.

“Sam was one of the first to recognise that grassroots local programming is needed to address the needs of local people. He collected and broadcast folklore and folk music from remote areas, and ensured its preservation for future generations.

“He recorded history on a personal and individual level, and his work reflects the challenges and triumphs of people living at that time. It is through his work that we are able to learn about folklore, history and experiences which might otherwise have been lost forever.”

The Linenhall library has organised a series of events around the life and work of Sam Hanna Bell. Details are available on the library’s website at

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