Hello everyone,

Welcome to our November newsletter.

The An Post Book Awards are later this month, previous winners and nominees have entertained us here in Ennis.  Our programme will be released in December, (but between you and me 
🤫), if you vote, you might recognise a few names next month in our programme for March 2021 (the excitement is real). 

We have lots to share with you, including a new monthly feature where we introduce the committee to you,

Stay safe, warm and keep in touch,

The EBCF Committee
Spotlight on EBCF Committee Members
meet our committee and discover their reading favourites in our new monthly feature 
Dani Gill is the Artistic Director of Ennis Bookclub Festival and is also a published writer. Her debut poetry collection was published by Salmon Press in 2017 and her second collection Lessons in Kindness, will be released in September 2021. She is loving her new role with Ennis Bookclub Festival and looks forward to meeting readers and book fans next year!
My Classics

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

East of Eden - John Steinbeck 

The Secret Lives of People in Love - Simon Van Booy

My Recent Discoveries:
Staying Human, poetry anthology by Bloodaxe Books

As You Were - Elaine Feeney
Cora Gunter is the current chairperson of EBCF committee. She also works with Clare County Library service. Her passions include books, reading and the promotion of both. So she is a very fortunate to be involved in the sharing of books and the importance of reading in both her job and as Festival chairperson.
My Classics

Lord of the Rings  - JRR Tolkien

Persuasion  - Jane Austen

That they may face the rising sun - John McGahern
My Recent Discoveries:
Rodham  - Curtis Sittenfield

A Ghost in the Throat - Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Summerwater - Sarah Moss
📚 Meet more committee members and their favourites next month 📚
The Shortlist has been announced and the voting lines close on November 16th.

The virtual ceremony takes place on November 25th.

You can vote and be in with a chance of winning €100 National Book Tokens (to be spent locally of course!)
Transition Year Book Club Workshops

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald returned to Ennis (digitally) last week to host the first series of Transition Year Book Club Workshops. 

The project is being run in association with Creative Ireland and Clare Library and offers four TY classes an opportunity to engage and share ideas about books, book clubs and the pleasure of reading.

We can already see these students coming to the Book Club Festival in the future thanks to Sarah showing them the beauty and magic of what lies beneath the cover of a book
You can't buy Happiness, but you can Buy Local and it's Kind of the Same Thing
Dervilla and co in the Ennis Book Shop are available for shop and collection or delivery.  Give her a ring on (065) 68 29000

Scéal Eile Bookshop which hosts beautiful, intimate EBCF events are also available.  Ring Gerry on (065) 684 8648
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