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Ennis Book Club Festival
Venue: Ennis, Co Clare
Date: Friday, 02 March 2007
Duration: 2 days
Ennis Book Club Festival at Ennis, Co Clare

Ennis, County Clare, IRELAND, Friday November 24th 2006 – Book lovers from across Ireland and the UK have been invited to take part in the inaugural Ennis Book Club Festival in County Clare from March 2nd-4th 2007. The event, which is being supported by Clare County Library, will be a social and literary gathering to bring together some of the 150 Library Book Clubs and 300 Private Book Clubs that exist nationwide. The Festival programme will also feature author visits, readings, lectures, music, workshops, exhibitions and cookery demonstrations in various venues around Ennis.

Mayor of Ennis, Cllr. Joe Reidy said that the event - one of the largest of its kind in either the UK or Ireland – will provide a welcome boost to tourism in the county capital while presenting a unique opportunity for book club members to meet and exchange ideas about all aspects of literature “Those who make the trip to County Clare will enjoy poetry in the cosy cafes, readings in the many restaurants and shops, and drama on street corners as they wander through the narrow streets and lanes of Ennis”, Mayor Reidy said.

Throughout the three-day Festival, events will be held in such venues as Glór Irish Music Centre and the De Valera Library as well as in various hotels, cafes, bookshops and restaurants around Ennis. According to Frances O’Gorman, Festival Chairperson, “The Festival programme has a very broad brief as it is not confined to any one form of literature. It will include poetry, drama, food, travel, and political writing as well as fiction. We are keen to give the book clubs an eclectic mix that won’t be found at any other literary festival and that reflects the reading passions of many in the country. There will also be a section for Irish language book clubs.” ...

Writers/Speakers confirmed as of November 2006 Edna O’Brien Patrick McCabe Carlo Gebler Dermot Healy Rita Ann Higgins Fergal Keane Niall Williams Charlie Bird Rosita Boland Thomas McCarthy Michael Coady Evelyn Conlon P.J. Curtis Anne Enright Mary O’Donnell Re O'Laighleis Mary O’Malley Eddie Stack Denis Cotter of Café Paradiso in Cork, cookery demonstration Fergus Fahey Archivist speaking on John McGahern Papers Kate Bateman of UCD who will conduct a session on “How to read a novel” Roisin Berry Archivist speaking on Kate O’Brien Papers

Address: 25 Willsgrove, Cahercalla, Ennis, Co. Clare
Telephone: 087 972 3647 / 085 775 8523
Website: Ennis Book Club Festival
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