The annual Ennis Book Club Festival is back from 03-05 March 2017. Just 18 weeks 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.  
Over recent months we’ve been beavering away on preparations for 2017.  We’ve lots of exciting plans in the pipeline, which we’ll unveil over the coming weeks.  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 2017 countdown, this October issue contains:  Look forward to seeing you in Ennis in 2017!  #EBCF2017

2017 EBCF Artistic Director

We’re delighted to welcome Paul Perry on board as Artistic Director for the Festival in 2017. Paul is the author of five critically acclaimed collections of poetry, including, most recently, Gunpowder Valentine.  Writing under the pseudonym, Karen Perry, he is also the co-author of three bestselling psychological thrillers published by Penguin Random House, the most recent of which is Girl Unknown

His love of books has made him a life-long reader, as well as a writer, an activist and curator of literary events throughout Ireland. 


Competition Time

Win a Festival Weekend Stay in Ennis!

templegatehotel.comWe’re thrilled to partner with our long-time supporter, the Temple Gate Hotel, and give you the chance to win a weekend stay in Ennis from 03-05 March 2017. This fabulous prize gives a lucky winner a room for two (incl. breakfast) at the Temple Gate Hotel on Friday, 03 and Saturday, 04 March 2017.  To be in with a chance to win, you must be registered for our monthly Newsletter (see  In turn, simply answer the following question by dropping a line to:

templegatehotel.comQuestion: What Dublin-born Irish writer described his 2008 Ennis Book Club Festival appearance as an “unforgettable literary festival”? An experience, in fact, which subsequently featured in his 2014 novel, Every Single Minute.   

Deadline for entries is Friday, 11 November @ 6pm with the winner to be announced in our November Newsletter. 

Book your Festival Accommodation Early! 

Book your Festival weekend accommodation early and avail of the following Early Bird Accommodation rates at our Ennis hotels.

Auburn Lodge Hotel 

  • 1 night B&B @ single €79 / double  €95 / triple €119
  • 2 nights B&B and 1 Evening Meal @ single €99 / double €170 / triple  €255
  • 3 nights B&B and 1 Evening Meal @ single €140 / double €240 / triple €350
10% Discount on the above rates if booked before 23rd December 2016

Old Ground Hotel

  • 1 night B&B @ €95 single occupancy; €120 twin / double occupancy
  • 2 nights B&B and 1 Evening Meal @ €149 pps
One complimentary room booking for group bookings @ €149 pps rate of 10 bedrooms or more 

Temple Gate Hotel

  • 1 night B&B @ €95.00 single occupancy; €120.00 for twin / double occupancy (rate valid until 23 December 2016)
  • 2 nights B&B and 1 Evening Meal @ €145 pps

Hotel Woodstock 

  • 2 nights B&B and 1 Evening Meal @ €119.00 pps (double/twin); €159.00 per room single. 
Be sure to quote Ennis Book Club Festival when making all bookings!

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Watch out for our newly minted Festival postcards coming soon to a library near you!

Why not use them to drop us a line, tell us what you love about the Festival, or indeed use them to remind a friend what fun EBCF is each year! 


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