Countdown to Ennis Book Club Festival 2020 is on!

Our 2019 festival was definitely one to remember, with thought-provoking interviews, insightful readings, sublime music and poetry and, most importantly, many laughs, and we're looking forward to doing it all over again from 6th to 8th March 2020 - mark the date now!

If you want to relive the 2019 festival or if you have watched from afar and want to see what you missed out on, you'll enjoy
 this video recap of the 2019 festival!

Beyond Borders Autumn 2019 | FREE EVENT

We will host 2 Beyond Borders events ahead of the 2020 festival, the first of these at 7pm on Thursday 21st November in the Rowan Tree Café Bar, when we welcome Úna-Minh Kavanagh, who will be in conversation with Sarah Clancy.

Born in Vietnam, Úna-Minh was adopted at just a few days old. She has lived in Ireland since she was a baby and is a fluent Irish speaker and a proud Kerrywoman. She has a BA in Irish and Journalism and her work has been featured on Lonely Planet, The Times, TG4, The Irish Times, and more. 

Anseo is her first book, published by New Island in October 2019.


Author announcement:

Lemn Sissay

We have a number of authors already lined up for the 2020 festival and while we can't share them all with you just yet, here's is one of those authors you have to look forward to here in Ennis in March:

A return visitor to the festival, having captured the imagination of so many as part of our 2016 festival, Lemn Sissay is a BAFTA nominated award winning writer, international poet, performer playwright, artist and broadcaster. Along with Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie and Margaret Atwood he won a Pen Pinter Prize in 2019. He was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics and poet of the FA Cup. My Name is Why was published in August 2019 and has topped the Sunday Times Bestseller list.

More author announcements in the next newsletter.....

Recommended read:

The Personals by Brian O'Connell

The Personals reveals how classified ads are not just a few commercial lines of text in print or online - they can be a treasure trove of fascinating human stories; stories of love, loss, loneliness, redemption and hope. What draws Brian to the classified ads are the intriguing human stories he finds there, the unexpected twists and turns, the personalities, the curious objects and the range of human experience waiting to be discovered. The Personals is a diverse collection of compelling stories about the people and the lives behind the small ads. 

We are delighted to share that Brian will be joining us for our 2020 festival, running from March 6th - 8th.

Keep in touch

We are active on our social media channels all year around, and will be sharing festival updates, on sale dates for #EBCF2020, a few funnies, and more, so make sure to follow us on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram.

We'd love to find out what you're reading, see your 'To Be Read' piles, hear your plans for visiting the festival, and anything else you want to share with us. Plus, we're always up for a chat!

Date for your Diary

Clare County Library service would like to invite all Clare library members and all book club groups to the 2019 Readers Day event which takes place at 7pm on Thursday 7th November at Shannon Library.: 
Joseph O’Connor in conversation with Rachael English
on his latest novel Shadowplay and on writing historical fiction.

This is a great opportunity to hear Joseph O’Connor discuss the inspiration, research and challenges of writing historical fiction with author & broadcaster, Rachael English.

The event is free and ticketed. Please contact Shannon Library on 061 364266 for further details.


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