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Plaque to south Belfast artist unveiled

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 www.linenhall.com.

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