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Hard to put down ...the novel guide to the landmarks of literary Belfast

By Victoria O'Hara

Links to the literary landscape of Belfast's past and present have been revealed in a new booklet.

The Literary Belfast Guide, launched yesterday by award-winning author Glenn Patterson, features venues across the city that have ties to local and international writers from both modern day and the years gone by.

From the splendour of City Hall to the lives commemorated in Writers' Square it highlights that Belfast has had much to offer the literary world down through the years.

And across the city, there are many landmarks with connections to well known authors and poets.

Each one has a special story to tell, as revealed in the new booklet, produced by Belfast City Council.

Venues listed include Linen Hall library, the Crown Bar, Harland and Wolff shipyard, Holywood Arches library and Campbell College.

The John Hewitt bar and the Crescent Arts Centre are also amongst the buildings listed.

While writers featured in the booklet include award-winning poet Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Medbh McGuckian, Brian Moore and John Keats.

Councillor Michael Browne, Chairman of Belfast City Council's Development committee, said: "There are few better ways to get to know a city than through its writers - and it seems that our city was, and is, a gift to the literary world.

" Thanks to this guide, visitors and locals are encouraged to take a journey through the literary city and enjoy the many shades of our history".

The Literary Belfast guide is available free of charge from tourism outlets and public libraries. Information can also be accessed on


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