Ennis Book Club Festival 2018

It’s just a few days to our mini festival of rescheduled events on June 9th and we look forward to meeting up with lots of new and old friends there. In this month's newsletter:

June 9th Events

Choosing what to do on the day is a bit like a box of sweets, you can pick and mix, or go for the whole lot. Either way, there’s plenty of time for chatting or shopping in between. The evening event will be quite special. It includes an interview with Sebastian Barry, a panel discussion with Claire Kilroy and Mia Gallagher plus a specially commissioned screening of tributes and readings by Frank McGuiness, Cathy Belton and others. This is the full schedule:

11am: Wild Atlantic Poets Record Break, free entry
2pm: Film Screening of 'It's not yet dark' glór, €5
4pm: Ruth Fitzmaurice in conversation with Mick Heaney glór €12/€10
5pm: Out of the Book Exhibition Record Break, free entry
8pm: Sebastian Barry in a tribute hosted by Seán Rocks & guests glór, €15/€12

Book now to be a part of a stimulating and enjoyable day. And if you are making a weekend of it, have a look at the what’s on in clare website.  Maybe the Taste the Loop festival on Sunday takes your fancy? Or the Kilrush Horse Fair?

Get your money back from the cancelled events

There are still outstanding refunds from the cancelled events of March EBCF 2018 weekend.. Can we ask you to let glór know your preference as soon as possible.
You can transfer the tickets to the June events, request a credit voucher or refund. We also have a new option for you. If you had bought 5 events for €55, you can transfer it to the early bird offer for 2019. The offer covers the Friday night event, three events on the Saturday and the Sunday morning event.  Now you know what you will be doing the 1-3 March 2019!
The glór box office is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday inclusive for in person queries or by phone on 065 6843103.

Winner of our Facebook competition

Caragh Griffin of Miltown Malbay won two tickets to all three events, simply by sharing our June 9th event on Facebook. And her lucky friend joining her on the day is Aine Hensey. That competition is over, but you can still let your friends know all about it by sharing the event or forwarding this newsletter.  
And keep an eye out on our Facebook page as there might just be an opportunity to win more tickets.

Beyond Borders Book Club

The rescheduled Beyond Borders Panel Discussion took place on Thursday 3rd May and the energy and enthusiasm of the book club continued. Our sincere thanks to Sarah Clancy and the four readers for introducing us to books and cultures we may not have known much about.
We plan to continue with this book club next autumn. If you have ideas of how it can be developed or would like to offer yourself as a reader or in any other capacity, we would love to hear from you. Contact us at

EBCF Recommends

Mia Gallagher, a panellist at the Sebastian Barry Tribute, has recently published a new book of short stories from New Island entitled Shift and we recommend it for this month’s read. The description is intriguing:

Prowling the streets, bedrooms, parks and schoolyards of a grubby uncertain city, where madness lurks just under the skin, men, women and those in-between enter an unsettling dance of encounters.

There’s Maisie, perfect on the inside and out, a right Primcess™ – but what’s it going to take to get a hard-copy invitation to her party? There’s the angry-deep-inside man, who gets more than he bargained for when he drinks too much at a party, insulting a mysterious guest. There’s those three lads, up from the sticks to study marketing in Belfield, who can’t help listening to the noises in their creaky Georgian house: a slamming door, a washing machine and geisha Susie downstairs, playing ‘Nights in White Satin’ to her snake. And the nixer driving a removals van with Christo, who likes dressing up on days he isn’t feeling too good.

Time passes. Roads get built, cars get faster, bubbles bust. But some things endure. The bitter violence of betrayal. Love, in all its foolish sweetness. The hurt – and sometimes healing – of loss.
It is said to be a magnificent achievement by one of Ireland’s greatest authors.



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