Ho! Ho! Ho! We can definitely hear those sleigh bells fast approaching! With only a few days to Christmas, we hope all our EBCF followers are well and truly in the spirit.
No need to panic if all the gifts aren’t yet sorted however! Our EBCF 2017 Weekend Pass is proving very popular. And, it’s very good value too @ just €100 for access to virtually all our weekend programme next March. So, if you want to give the book-lover in your life something they will relish this Christmas, get on to our glór Box Office. But hurry, sales finish 06 January 2017!
In this last Newsletter for 2016, see also below:

EBCF teams up with The Irish Times Bookclub

In advance of our full programme launch in January, we’re thrilled to announce that the Irish Times Book Club will be coming to Ennis.

On Saturday, 04 March we’ll be joined by Martin Doyle of The Irish Times in conversation with Man Booker Prize and IMPAC Prize shortlisted Michael Collins. Described as ‘one of the most exciting talents to have emerged not only from Ireland but anywhere in recent decades' (The Times) – Michael was born in Limerick.  Today as the unofficial laureate of the US Rustbelt he has written 10 novels. Last year he ran a marathon a day for a month from Grosse Île quarantine station in Québec to Toronto. He did so to raise awareness and funds to commemorate the deaths of tens of thousands of Irish Famine refugees in Canada in 1847.

This event will be recorded for a podcast on The Irish Times website as part of the monthly Irish Times Book Club, and is brought to you in association with the Irish Writers Centre.

Tickets now on sale through the glór Box Office

November Competition Winner

One lucky bookclub is shortly to receive copies of Rose Tremain’s Gustav Sonata for their January reading courtesy of The Ennis Bookshop. We received many wonderful contributions during the year about what it means to be part of a bookclub, and indeed what EBCF means to our readers. One contribution, in particular, stood out for us – see Siobhán O’Sullivan’s piece that appeared in The Irish Times last August. Siobhán’s club will shortly be reading Gustav Sonata and we look forward to hearing a robust, bookclub discussion of it at the Festival in March. 

Win a Weekend Pass to EBCF 2017 

Fancy winning a Weekend Pass to the Festival next March?   Given that it’s the season of giving, we’re delighted to provide one lucky winner with full, free access to our 2017 programme. To win the Pass, just drop us a line and tell us your favourite EBCF memory from over the past 10 years. Keep your entries as short or as long as you like but make sure they reach us by Friday, 06 January 2017. (Entries to:; Twitter:  @ebcf; FB: Ennis Book Club Festival)


And finally…

We’re looking forward to a few days off over Christmas.  Turkey, vino and books, books and more books! Do share your holiday reading indulgences with us – we love to hear what’s top of your list.  In the meantime, wishing you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and look forward to a very exciting 2017 ahead! 


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