EBCF 2019

Ennis Book Club Festival 2019

We have less than one month to go to the 13th Ennis Book Club Festival and we are working harder than ever in the run-up to the Festival. Deputy-Mayor of Ennis, Paul Murphy launched our programme on Thursday 31st January at the third Beyond Borders Book Club where South African Deirdre Yvelteron shared her love of Mafeking Road with Sarah Clancy and the Beyond Borders Book Club audience. Over the next few weeks, we will be checking out our new venues, meeting with our volunteers and having our final Beyond Borders Book Club with Evgeny Shtorn on Thursday 21st of February. So, it is all go!
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The Clare Champion Window Display Competition

We are delighted to announce that we have joined forces with The Clare Champion newspaper to run a book themed window display competition for Ennis based businesses during the lead up to the Festival. Entrants are asked to create a book festival themed window display from Friday February 22 until the conclusion of the festival on Sunday March 3. Every business that enters will be given two free tickets to an event during the Ennis Book Club Festival. A judging committee, comprising of representatives from the Ennis Book Club Festival and The Clare Champion, will select a winner which will be announced at the Thrillers event on Sunday 3rd of March. So check out the window displays as you wander around Ennis; and share your favourites with us through Facebook and Twitter - #EBCF2019

Book Club Requests

Are you and your book club coming to the Ennis Book Club Festival in March? If so, we’d love to hear from you as we would like to play requests to visiting book clubs at our different events. Perhaps you have an unusual name, maybe you only read non-fiction or maybe one of your group is celebrating a birthday; whatever your story is please drop us an email to (include Book Club Requests in the subject line) and share your book club news and which event you are attending with us and we may share your story at the events. 

2019 Festival author – Anne Griffin

Ennis Book Club Festival loves meeting both established and debut authors. This month we are delighted to introduce audiences to Anne Griffin. Anne will take part in our Debut authors event alongside Caoilinn Hughes.
Anne is the recipient of the John McGahern Award for Literature. Previously shortlisted for The Hennessy New Irish Writing Award and The Sunday Business Post Short Story competition, Anne’s work has appeared in The Irish Times and The Stinging Fly, amongst others.
Anne Griffin
Anne’s debut novel, When All Is Said, will be published in 2019 by Hodder’s Sceptre imprint in the UK and Ireland, and St Martin’s Press’ Thomas Dunne Books imprint in the US and Canada. It will be translated into five other languages.

Meet Anne on Saturday 02 March at 6pm in the Temple Gate Hotel. 
Tickets are €10/€8 and can be booked at the glór Box Office.

Visiting Ennis Book Club Festival Solo?

Are you going to an event on your own during this year’s Festival? Do you like to chat with people beside you? If so, you might be interested in booking a Solo Seat. These are a small groups of seats reserved for people booking a single ticket for events with allocated seating. If you want it even easier to meet people at our friendly Festival, specify a Solo Seat when you book for events at glór. Events outside glór have free seating.

EBCF Recommends

Anne Griffin's When All is SaidFor February the team in EBCF recommends Anne Griffin’s When All is Said.

At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He's alone, as usual, though tonight is anything by. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story.

Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories, of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice, the life of one man will be powerfully and poignantly laid bare.

Heart-breaking and heart-warming all at once, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said.

"A hugely enjoyable, engrossing novel, a genuine page-turner." Donal Ryan

"An extraordinary novel, a poetic writer, and a story that moved me to tears." John Boyne


Book Club Sets Competition

Ann Devine Ready For Her Close-Up
Penguin Random House Publishers have been on to us to offer a set of advance copies of Ann Devine, Ready for Her Close-Up by Colm O’Regan to three lucky book clubs.  

It’s laugh-out-loud funny and is essentially a love letter to rural Ireland and all its characters. Colm is bestselling author of the Irish Mammies books.

So to enter to win a set of advance copies of Colm O’Regan’s new novel Ann Devine, Ready for Her Close-Up, tell us the name of Colm’s series of non-fiction books. Send your answer and the name of your book club to (include Colm O’Regan in the subject line). Winning book clubs will be announced in our next newsletter.



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