Ennis Book Club Festival 2019

The annual Ennis Book Club Festival is back from 01-03 March 2019. Just 5 months to go! Time to plan that spring journey to Ennis for our annual feast of reading and friendship at Ireland’s only dedicated Book Club Festival.  
We’ve lots of exciting plans in the pipeline, which we’ll unveil over the coming weeks as they are confirmed. To be the first in the know, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and register for our monthly newsletter on:  
To kick-start the 2019 countdown, this October issue contains:

Meet the team for 2019

We are delighted to be back in the planning stages of EBCF 2019. So we thought that this would be a good chance for us to introduce ourselves to you. You will also be able to put a name to the faces next March. The team comprises of Paul Perry, Festival director and a group of voluntary committee members. See below for names & faces. We are also delighted to welcome some new people to our team. Imelda Cahalan has joined as Festival administrator and Catherine O’Brien has joined our committee.
Paul Perry
Cora Gunter
Mary Henchy
Michael Conneely
Nollag Mac Namara
Bridget Ginnity
Imelda Cahalan
Catherine O'Brien

2019 Festival Programme authors

We are delighted to reveal that two of EBCF confirmed guests Emilie Pine and Caoilinn Hughes are on the shortlist for the 2018 Butler Literary Award. Emilie Pine’s book, Notes to self was released in 2018 to much critical acclaim. Caoilinn Hughes debut novel Orchid and the Wasp, is also getting a lot of critical attention.

The Butler Literary Award originally ran from 1962 to 2002 and has been revived this year by The Irish American Cultural Institute. The award is granted to an Irish writer’s debut publication in any literary genre, or first venture in a new genre. The winner will be announced at a reception in Dublin on October 15th and will receive $2,000.

The Beyond Borders Book Club

The very popular Beyond Borders Book Club is back for 2018 and 2019. It will take place once a month for four months during the winter and will finish with a panel discussion during the weekend of the Ennis Book Club Festival 1st - 3rd March 2019.

Each event will be chaired by Clare based poet and Community worker Sarah Clancy who will interview each participant in front of an audience about the book they have chosen. We are currently looking for presenters and will have our first Beyond Borders Book Club on Thursday 25 October at 8.00pm in Rowan Tree Café. The events are free and all are welcome. Check our website for further book club dates.  

EBCF Recommends

In October the team in EBCF recommends Notes to Self by Emilie Pine.

In this vivid and powerful collection of essays, Emilie Pine writes about all the things she shouldn’t say. Addressing addiction, fertility, feminism, sexual violence and depression, Notes to Self is raw, funny and honest.

Unsentimental and brave, this startling debut breaks new ground in the field of personal essays.

Feedback includes Belinda McKeon who said it was ‘Honest, full-voiced … a vital collection.’ Anne Enright advises ‘do not read this book in public: it will make you cry.’ 

Mark O’Connell writes ‘Emilie Pine is a wise and talented essayist … every line pulses with the pain and the joy and complexity of an extraordinary life.’ 



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