Appointment of new

Artistic Director

The committee of the Ennis Book Club Festival is pleased to announce the appointment of Dani Gill as the new Artistic Director.

Dani has a wealth of experience in delivering festivals and is passionate about making literature accessible to all.

She is a curator, producer, writer and educator, based in the west of Ireland. She is also the national Audience Development Officer for Words Ireland and was the Director of Cúirt International Festival of Literature from 2010-2016. 

She is very keen on developing outreach, access to the arts and community development projects. Her first collection of poems was published by Salmon Poetry in 2017 and she has recently completed a novel. Her literary hybrid show 'Mirrors', was part of the International Literature Festival Dublin, 2019. She writes reviews and features for The Irish Times. 

Dani is currently designing a literary tourism model for the west of Ireland in partnership with the Western Development Commission that will include site-specific work and installations in 2021.
Dani says about her new appointment, 'I am delighted to take up the Artistic Director role at Ennis, with the hard-working and energetic team who have made this festival a great success. I'm looking forward to connecting with readers and book lovers nationwide as we assemble our programme for next year.'  
Cora Gunter, chairperson of the committee of Ennis Book Club festival added, 'we are delighted that Dani is joining our team. Dani brings a wealth of experience in programming literary festivals. She is also very interested in exploring events that appeal to all readers but especially with book club groups who are our key audience.
Cora also said, 'we know that we are facing into challenging times in programming live events in Ennis for 2021 but we hope to be able to deliver on that hope and that people will be able to access Ennis Book Club Festivals events by that time.'

You can find Dani on Twitter, Instagram, and her website

Going Forward for 2021

"How do you do it?" said night
"How do you wake and shine?"
"I keep it simple" said light
"One day at a time"

Lemn Sissay
EBCF Contributor 2020

Within a week of the 2020 festival wrapping up, we entered the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

We, the committee, have been on a steep learning curve in recent weeks.  Envisioning a festival for 2021, in a landscape that is changing radically and dramatically on a weekly basis, is new to everyone.  

March 2021 will be different, and we're embracing the change and committed to the creative opportunities that come along.  Your support is what makes the festival what it is.  So thank you, it means a lot.


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