EBCF 2019

Ennis Book Club Festival 2019

Only days to go now to the 13th Ennis Book Club Festival. Final preparation is taking place in our venues and all around town; road signs, street banners and creative window displays were all in evidence this weekend. All to welcome our guests, audiences and friends for EBCF.
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The Clare Champion Window Display Update

Book themed window displays, including this edible one, were spotted around Ennis town this weekend. Judging will take place over the next few days and the winner will be announced at the Thrillers event on Sunday 3rd of March. So do check out the window displays as you wander around Ennis; and share your favourites with us through Facebook and Twitter - #EBCF2019.
The Clare Champion Window Display Update

Book Club Shout Outs

Are you and your book club coming to the Ennis Book Club Festival in March? If so, we’d love to hear from you as we would like to play requests to visiting book clubs at our different events. Perhaps you have an unusual name, maybe you only read non-fiction or maybe one of your group is celebrating a birthday; whatever your story is please drop us an email (include Book Club Requests in the subject line) and share your book club news and which event you are attending with us and we may share your story at the events. 

2019 Festival author – Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Clare born Doireann will return home next Saturday to read from her latest work, Lies. Doireann will be accompanied by world renowned musicians Barry Guy and Maya Homburger in the beautiful setting of St Columba’s Church. Doireann hopes the event ‘will be really pleasing and moving to the audience.’ Doireann has won many awards including the Rooney prize for Irish Literature in 2016. Doireann is very hopeful about the future of the Irish language and credits the Gaelscoil system as contributing to developing the love of the language in young people.
Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Maya Homburger and Barry Guy
Lies: Poetry & Music will take place at 2pm on Saturday 2nd March in St Columba’s Church. Tickets are now on sale.

EBCF Recommends

Kevin Breathnach’s Tunnel VisionFor our pre Festival newsletter the team in EBCF recommends Kevin Breathnach’s Tunnel Vision.

Tunnel Vision is a book unlike any other. A documentary of the narrator's post-adolescent relationships; an account of time in Chemnitz, Bergen, Dublin, Paris, Gwangju, Munich and Madrid; an exploration in artifice and honesty; an autobiography of a compulsive liar whose intimate portrayals of political inaction, sexual repression, masculinities in crisis and addiction to drugs and pornography collide with six piercingly intelligent critical essays on photographic self-portraiture and the personal diary. Whether writing about the sale of Susan Sontag's archive, or the reframing of Andre Kertesz's wedding photograph, Breathnach's writing - brave, wild, and genre-bending - inaugurates a dazzling new voice in art and literature.

Kevin will discuss this and more with Martin Doyle at the Irish Times Book Club at 4pm on Friday 01 March in Temple Gate Hotel. Tickets are on sale at glór Box office - 065 6843103.

Competition Result Winners

Chatty Chicks Chapters, Camán Book Club and the Read or White Book Club are the three lucky winners of a set of advance copies of Ann Devine, Ready for Her Close-Up by Colm O'Regan. What amazing names for book clubs! 

Denise Duffy is the winner of the stay in the Temple Gate Hotel. Many thanks to all who answered and special thanks to the Temple Gate Hotel for sponsoring the prize.

Other Events

And it's not all about books. This year we have events to help you let your mind rest and your body do a bit of work, a workshop with Burren Beads for Crafty Readers on Friday afternoon and Yoga on Sunday morning with Paula McGrath.

If you like plenty of interaction, have a look at the Pop-up Book Club, discussing Notes to Self - ideal if you come on your own or with friends. Another event relying on your contribution is Closing Chapters, an opportunity to remember book club members who have died. And we have our Festival clubs on Friday and Saturday night and wine tasting at the Wine Buff, all great opportunities to mix and mingle.



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