Ennis Book Club Festival 2019
Announces its Full Programme
Festival dates: Friday 1 – Sunday 3 March 2019
Today, the full programme for the 13th Ennis Book Club Festival was announced. Readers travel from all over the country and further afield to gather at this, the only book club festival in the country. But whether you are a member of a book club or not, all lovers of books are invited to gather in Ennis this March. Over 3 days readers gather to enjoy the festival’s unique mix of readings, discussion, comedy and chat, to immerse themselves in the world of books, meet authors and other book lovers, discuss and debate.
This year’s festival comes with a host of new relationships and ideas, with new events, new venues and of course an amazing range of authors to inspire your reading, along with many free events and an exciting programme for younger readers.
Key events include Conor O’Clery and his wife Zhanna talking to Clare FM’s Gavin Grace about Conor’s new book The Shoemaker and his Daughter, which follows in the footsteps of Zhanna’s remarkable family whose epic story spans eighty years of Soviet and Russian history. The Irish Times Book Club returns with Irish Times books editor, Martin Doyle, interviewing author Kevin Breathnach about his debut novel, Tunnel Vision. In Notes to Self, Emilie Pine will discuss Notes to Self, one of the most talked about books of the last year and an Irish Book Award winner with Dr. Tina O’Toole.
Annemarie O’Connor is a best-selling author, award-winning stylist, fashion writer and wardrobe wellness coach and will discuss decluttering tips for your wardrobe in Creating a Happy Closet.
10 Books You Should Read returns with bestselling authors Paul Lynch and Michelle Richmond and the unique Beyond Borders Book Club, which began in October 2018 culminates with poet Sarah Clancy interviewing the four presenters – Malgorzata Buchalik, William Wohlgemuth, Deirdre Yelverton and Evgeny Shtorn – who revisit books from Poland, Hungary, South Africa, and Russia.
An event fusing poetry and music takes place in St. Columba’s Church with world renowned musicians Barry Guy and Maya Homburger providing the music, while award winning bilingual Irish writer Doireann Ní Ghríofa provides the poetry.
New Clare Voices are added to the mix with Grace Wells, Niall Allsop & Margaret Hickey reading in Clare Museum, and The Seven Sisters Poet’s Corner will gather to address gender imbalance in the representation of Irish writers.
A Rick O’Shea Book Club Special will take place on Saturday with Julia Kelly and Thomas Lynch and an Irish language event with Biddy Jenkinson, Mis, is a tour-de-force retelling of an Irish medieval romance.
A Debut Authors Event with Sarah Davis-Goff, Anne Griffin and Caoilinn Hughes will take place at the Temple Gate Hotel, and award-winning novelist, women’s rights activist and inspirational public intellectual and speaker, Elif Shfak, will take to the stage in glór on Saturday evening in conversation with Seán Rocks. Elif writes in both Turkish and English, has published 16 books, and is a TED Global speaker.
Join Ennis Book Club Festival for a literary yoga event with The Curious Incident of the Downward Facing Dog – a yoga class for readers and writers on Sunday in Ennis Yoga Studio, and Closing Chapters, hosted by Ciana Campbell, will remember book club members who have died.
Sunday Miscellany returns to EBCF 2019 for a special recording of the iconic Sunday morning radio show and Mary Kenny will host a Literary Lunch with in conversation with Ciana Campbell in the Old Ground Hotel. Also, in the Old Ground, Thrillers, with Tanya Farrelly and Michelle Richmond hosted by Nessa O Mahony will explore what makes a great psychological thriller.
With many other events, including Pop-up Book Clubs, award winning Walking Tours with Jane O’Brien, Books & Buns, Clare Youth Theatre as well as a Festival Club, offering a chance to catch up on all the day’s events and mingle with authors and readers alike, Ennis Book Club Festival 2019 has something for everyone.
All events are now on sale at glór Box Office on 065 6843103. See www.ennisbookclubfestival.com for full details on all events or pick up a brochure.