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Article by Sharon Thompson © 7 February 2019.
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Ennis Book Club Festival 2019

Announces its Full Programme

Festival dates: Friday 1 – Sunday 3 March 2019.

Today, the full programme for the 13th Ennis Book Club Festival was announced. Readers travel from all over the country and further afield to gather at this, the only book club festival in the country. But whether you are a member of a book club or not, all lovers of books are invited to gather in Ennis this March. Over 3 days readers gather to enjoy the festival’s unique mix of readings, discussion, comedy and chat, to immerse themselves in the world of books, meet authors and other book lovers, discuss and debate.

This year’s festival comes with a host of new relationships and ideas, with new events, new venues and of course an amazing range of authors to inspire your reading, along with many free events and an exciting programme for younger readers.

Key events include Conor O’Clery and his wife Zhanna talking to Clare FM’s Gavin Grace about Conor’s new book The Shoemaker and his Daughter, which follows in the footsteps of Zhanna’s remarkable family whose epic story spans eighty years of Soviet and Russian history. The Irish Times Book Club returns with Irish Times books editor, Martin Doyle, interviewing author Kevin Breathnach about his debut novel, Tunnel Vision. In Notes to Self, Emilie Pine will discuss Notes to Self, one of the most talked about books of the last year and an Irish Book Award winner with Dr. Tina O’Toole.

Annemarie O’Connor is a best-selling author, award-winning stylist, fashion writer and wardrobe wellness coach and will discuss decluttering tips for your wardrobe in Creating a Happy Closet.

10 Books You Should Read returns with bestselling authors Paul Lynch and Michelle Richmond and the unique Beyond Borders Book Club, which began in October 2018 culminates with poet Sarah Clancy interviewing the four presenters – Malgorzata Buchalik, William Wohlgemuth, Deirdre Yelverton and Evgeny Shtorn – who revisit books from Poland, Hungary, South Africa, and Russia.

An event fusing poetry and music takes place in St. Columba’s Church with world renowned musicians Barry Guy and Maya Homburger providing the music, while award winning bilingual Irish writer Doireann Ní Ghríofa provides the poetry. 

New Clare Voices are added to the mix with Grace Wells, Niall Allsop & Margaret Hickey reading in Clare Museum, and The Seven Sisters Poet’s Corner will gather to address gender imbalance in the representation of Irish writers.

A Rick O’Shea Book Club Special will take place on Saturday with Julia Kelly and Thomas Lynch and an Irish language event with Biddy Jenkinson, Mis, is a tour-de-force retelling of an Irish medieval romance.

A Debut Authors Event with Sarah Davis-Goff, Anne Griffin and Caoilinn Hughes will take place at the Temple Gate Hotel, and award-winning novelist, women’s rights activist and inspirational public intellectual and speaker, Elif Shfak, will take to the stage in glór on Saturday evening in conversation with Seán Rocks. Elif writes in both Turkish and English, has published 16 books, and is a TED Global speaker.

Join Ennis Book Club Festival for a literary yoga event with The Curious Incident of the Downward Facing Dog – a yoga class for readers and writers on Sunday in Ennis Yoga Studio, and Closing Chapters, hosted by Ciana Campbell, will remember book club members who have died.

Sunday Miscellany returns to EBCF 2019 for a special recording of the iconic Sunday morning radio show and Mary Kenny will host a Literary Lunch with in conversation with Ciana Campbell in the Old Ground Hotel. Also, in the Old Ground, Thrillers, with Tanya Farrelly and Michelle Richmond hosted by Nessa O Mahony will explore what makes a great psychological thriller.

With many other events, including Pop-up Book Clubs, award winning Walking Tours with Jane O’Brien, Books & Buns, Clare Youth Theatre as well as a Festival Club, offering a chance to catch up on all the day’s events and mingle with authors and readers alike, Ennis Book Club Festival 2019 has something for everyone.

All events are now on sale at glór Box Office on 065 6843103. See  www.ennisbookclubfestival.com for full details on all events or pick up a brochure.

Friday 01 March 2019

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James Joyce, Ennis, and Outside the Pale: A Talk by David Butler

Date: Fri 01 March

Time: 2pm

Venue: Cruises, Queens Hotel

Price: Free

James Joyce is, famously, the author whose depiction of Dublin was so meticulously accurate that, as he boasted to his colleague Frank Budgeon in regard to Ulysses, if the city ever disappeared from the face of the earth, it could be recreated out of the pages of his book. Although from the age of twenty-two his life was spent in voluntary European exile, his three novels, his only play, Exiles, and all fifteen of the short stories upon which his reputation rests are set in the Dublin of his youth.

What is less well known is that much of Joyce’s imaginative world takes place outside the city that ‘wore the mask of a capital’. Whether the Galway of Nora Barnacle alluded to in The Dead; the Cork to which Simon Dedalus brings young Stephen in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; the Mullingar where Millie Bloom is sojourning on June 16th, 1904 or the Queen’s Hotel, Ennis where Leopold Bloom’s father tragically took his life, an entire imaginative hinterland is conjured beyond the bounds of the Dear Dirty Dublin he immortalized. This talk will be an exploration of that imaginative hinterland.

David Butler is a novelist, poet and playwright. His most recent collection is All The Barbaric Glass

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Demons – The Black and Tans in Memory and History

Date: Fri 01 March

Time: 2pm

Venue: Temple Gate Hotel

Price: Free

An exploration by Tomás Mac Conmara of the Black and Tans and the Irish War of Independence in social memory using oral recordings documented across Clare with the county’s oldest citizens.

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Crafty Readers

Date: Fri 01 March

Time: 2pm

Venue: Clare Museum

Price: €8

Fancy making your own book marker? Perhaps with matching earrings? This craft workshop, hosted by Burren Beads, is a chance to relax, meet other festival goers and have the pleasure of making something to bring home. No experience needed and all equipment is provided.  Spaces are limited.

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The Irish Times Book Club with Kevin Breathnach

Date: Fri 01 March

Time: 4pm

Venue: Tempe Gate Hotel

Price: €8

Martin Doyle, Irish Times books editor, interviews author Kevin Breathnach on his debut novel, Tunnel Vision. It 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 André Kertész’s wedding photograph, Breathnach’s writing – brave, wild, and genre-bending – inaugurates a dazzling new voice in art and literature.

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Thomas Lynch: The Long Subtraction

Date: Fri 01 March

Time: 4pm

Venue: St. Columba’s Church

Price: €8

What Michael Hartnett called “the long subtraction” began for Thomas Lynch on Christmas Eve 2012 with news of the death of Dennis O’Driscoll.  This sadness was followed by the death in September of 2013 of Seamus Heaney, then Phillip Casey in February of 2018, Macdara Woods in June and Matthew Sweeney in August the same year.  These men of Lynch’s generation had been fixtures in his catalogue of poets, friends, correspondents and heroes and had kept his access to Irish poetry incarnate and alive. Their work in words, their powerful memories, attending their funerals were, of course, a sort of comfort.  But their dead and goneness, their beyond our reachness, the hush where their mighty voices used to be remain real griefs.  The power of their poems is undiminished and by keeping those poems in the discourse of poets and readers, we honour and celebrate their lives and their gifts of language.

Thomas Lynch is an American poet, essayist, and undertaker. A regular visitor to Ireland, he owns the small cottage in West Clare that was the home of his great-great-grandfather.

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Festival Official Opening & Opening of ELEMENTAL FUSION

Date: Fri 01 March

Time: 5.30pm

Venue: glór

Price: Free

Join us for the Official Opening of EBCF 2019 and the opening of Elemental Fusion at the glór gallery.

See further detail under Exhibition Guided Tour on Saturday 02nd March in glór.

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Notes to Self: Emilie Pine in conversation with Dr. Tina O’Toole

Date: Fri 01 March

Time: 6.30pm

Venue: glór

Price: €8/ €6

Notes to Self is an Irish Book Award winner, and one of the most talked about books of the last year. Uncovering many taboos in Irish culture, the book has been described as ‘honest, brave, searing’ by The Sunday Times.

Emilie Pine is Associate Professor in Modern Drama at University College Dublin, Ireland. She has published widely on Irish culture, including reviews for RTÉ’sArena,Irish Theatre Magazineand theIrish Times.

Please also see Pop-up Book Club on Notes to Self with lunch on Saturday 2nd March.

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The Shoemaker and his Daughter: Conor O’Clery and Zhanna O’Clery with Gavin Grace   

Date: Fri 01 March

Time: 8pm

Venue: glór

Price: €12/€10

Conor O’Clery and his wife Zhanna talk to Clare FM’s Gavin Grace about Conor’s new book The Shoemaker and his Daughter, which follows in the footsteps of a remarkable family whose epic story spans eighty years of Soviet and Russian history, from Stalin to Putin, and provides an insight into life in a secretive world at seismic moments in time.

‘[A] superb, illuminating book … A memoir of great power and poignancy.’ Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday

This event is kindly supported by The Rowan Tree Café.

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Festival Club

Date: Fri 01 March

Time: 10pm

Venue: glór

Price: Free

Join us after a busy day for the Festival Club at glór.  A chance to catch up on all the day’s events and mingle with authors and readers alike!

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Saturday 02 March 2019

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Walking Tour with Jane O’Brien

Date: Sat 02 March

Time: 9am

Venue: Meet @ glór

Price: €8

Join Jane O’Brien on her award-winning walking tour of Ennis.  Praised by the Lonely Planet as the best way to appreciate the town!

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Books & Buns

Date: Sat 02 March

Time: 10am

Venue: Rowan Tree Café tbc

Price: €10/€8

Enjoy a Saturday morning book club gathering and test your knowledge of all things literary in our beloved Books & Buns session.  Refreshments included setting you up for a busy day!

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Creating a Happy Closet with Annemarie O Connor

Date: Sat 02 March

Time: 10am

Venue: County Boutique

Price: €10.00

Join Annemarie O’Connor to discuss decluttering tips that help take the stress out of getting dressed. Annmarie is a best-selling author, award-winning stylist, fashion writer and wardrobe wellness coach.

A self-styled ‘inexpert expert’ on the subject of mindfulness, Annemarie’s books, The Happy Closet and The Happy Medium explore how considered choices can increase our sense of satisfaction; a topic which she also proposes in her TEDx talk ‘Enough is Enough: Deciding to Be Satisfied’.

What better venue to be in than the County Boutique for this stylish talk!

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10 Books You Should Read with Paul Lynch & Michelle Richmond hosted by Paula McGrath

Date: Sat 02 March

Time: 11.30am

Venue: glór

Price: €12 / €10

Michelle Richmond is the bestselling author of The Year of Fog, No One You Know, Dream of the Blue Room, Golden State, and the award-winning The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress. A native of Alabama’s Gulf Coast, she lives in Paris. Her latest novel The Marriage Pact is a New York Times Bestseller.

Paul Lynch is the internationally-acclaimed, prize-winning author of Grace, The Black Snow and Red Sky in Morning. He won the French booksellers’ prize Prix Libr’à Nous for Best Foreign Novel and was a finalist for the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (Best Foreign Book Prize). US author Ron Rash has called Paul, “one of his generation’s very finest novelists”.

A firm festival favourite – 10 Books never disappoints. Novelist and yoga-guru Paula McGrath will chair our authors’ passionate recommendations. Not to be missed.

This event is kindly supported by Temple Gate Hotel.

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Pop-up Book Club with Lunch – Notes to self

Date: Sat 02 March

Time: 11.30am – 1pm

Venue: Temple Gate

Price: €10 (includes lunch)

This pop-up book club will discuss Emilie Pine’s Notes to Self in small groups, and then be joined by Emilie to respond the points that came up in the discussion.   This is an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with fellow readers, engage with an author and also have a light lunch. As in all good book clubs, it helps to have read the book beforehand!

Please also see Notes to Self event on Friday 1st March.

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Guided Tour of the Exhibition ELEMENTAL FUSION: clay, glass, textile, paper

& Artists’ Talk

Date: Sat 04 March

Time: 11.45am

Venue: glór Gallery

Price: Free

Four Clare makers, Vivienne Bogan, Kathryna Cuschieri, Nicola Henley and Jane Seymour, have been brought together for an exhibition, Elemental Fusion, based on themes of gender, identity and place.

Vivienne Bogan works mostly with mixed media on paper, found materials and experimental print techniques. Glass Artist, Kathryna Cuschieri captures the beauty of rivers and the fragile natural eco splendour that is slowly eroding in Clare. Textile Artist, Nicola Henley’s work explores our native birds – their relationship to sky, sea and land, reminding us of our own connection with the natural environment. Ceramicist Jane Seymour completes the foursome, creating vessels made by smoke firing, and also working figuratively, etching into the unfired clay.

These makers produce a varied and diverse collection of work, pieces mirroring one another in form, shape, colour or texture and yet totally different, unique and independent.

Join them for guided tour of their exhibition as they discuss their work.

Clare Youth Theatre presents Little Friend

Date: Sat 02 March

Time: 1pm

Venue: Studio @ glór

Price: Free

Clare Youth Theatre presents Little Friend a dramatised performance inspired by the book by Mexican writer, Emilio Rojas, who is a contemporary successor in the literary tradition of Gibran, Saint-Exupery and Tagore. The book is an allegorical adventure of the human search for understanding.

Members of Clare Youth Theatre chose the stories and created the work with directors Clare Townsend and Eleanor Feely.

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Clare Youth Theatre Intergenerational Event – Getting To Know You!

Date: Sat 02 March

Time: 2pm

Venue: Studio @ glór tbc

Price: Free

This event is an intergenerational performance by residents of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Ennis and members of Clare Youth Theatre, featuring poetry, drama and readings. It is directed and supported by Eleanor Feely and Clare Townsend.

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The Beyond Borders Book Club

Date: Sat 02 March

Time: 2pm

Venue: Temple Gate Hotel

Price: Free

The Beyond Borders Book Club took place once a month on Thursday evenings for four months during the winter of 2018 and 19. In this year’s final session, Clare based poet Sarah Clancy interviews the four presenters Malgorzata Buchalik, William Wohlgemuth, Deirdre Yelverton, Evgeny Shtorn who revisit books from Poland, Hungary, South Africa, and Russia that they generously shared with us.

This event is kindly supported by Essilor.

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Lies – poetry & music with Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Maya Homburger and Barry Guy

Date: Sat 02 March

Time: 2pm

Venue: St. Columba’s Church

Price: €10

Join us for what promises to be a unique event with world renowned musicians Barry Guy and Maya Homburger who provide the music, while award winning bilingual Irish writer Doireann Ní Ghríofa  provides the poetry.

Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s latest books are Lies (Dedalus Press), which draws on a decade of her Irish language poems in translation, and Nine Silences (Savage Press), a collaborative book with acclaimed visual artist Alice Maher. Doireann’s artistic practice often involves cross-disciplinary collaborations, fusing poetry with film, dance, music, and visual art.

Barry Guy is an innovative bass player and composer whose creative diversity in the fields of jazz improvisation, chamber and orchestral performance and solo recitals is the outcome both of an unusually varied training and a zest for experimentation, underpinned by a dedication to the double bass and the ideal of musical communication.

Maya Homburger devotes her time developing her own personal style on the baroque violin as well as managing the Barry Guy New Orchestra, the London Jazz Composers Orchestra and running her own CD label MAYA recordings.

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New Clare voices with Grace Wells, Niall Allsop & Margaret Hickey

Date: Sat 02 March

Time: 2pm

Venue: Clare Museum

Price: Free

Ennis Book Club Festival is delighted to support and introduce Clare based writers through the New Clare Voices event. This year the writers include Niall Allsop, Grace Wells and Margaret Hickey.

Niall Allsop has written several non-fiction books on a wide variety of topics, including on inland waterways, Italian themes and travelogues; he has also written two short memoirs. In 2018, he set up ClareBooks to enable local authors to see their work in print. Niall will read from his most recent publication Chasing the Craic? Travel tales of an Irish rover.

Grace Wells has recently relocated to county Clare. She will read a selection from her poetry collections, When God Has Been Called Away to Greater Things (Dedalus Press, 2010) and Fur (Dedalus Press, 2015).

Margaret Hickey was both a freelance writer and food and drink editor of Country Living magazine. Margaret will read from her latest book, Ireland’s Green Larder, a history, a cookbook and a storybook all in one.

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The Seven Sisters Poet’s Corner

Date: Sat 02 March

Time: 3.00

Venue: Record Break Cafe

Price: Free

The ‘Seven Sisters’ are a group of female poets, gathered together, to address gender imbalance in the representation of Irish writers, enticed by the idea that a cogent response is imperative. Women poets will orate for ten minutes each, sharing from their own work, as well as work from 18th to 21st Century Irish Females.

The Seven Sisters are Deirdre Devally, Mary Ellen Fean, Karen J McDonnell, Ruth Marshall,

Deborah Ryan, Clare Sawtell and Sinéad Nic Sioda.

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Rick O’Shea Book Club Special with Julia Kelly & Thomas Lynch

Date: Sat 02 March

Time: 4pm

Venue: glór

Price: €12 / €10

Join the host of Ireland’s largest Book Club, Rick O’Shea as he discusses novelist Julia’s Kelly’s moving memoir about her relationship with her late partner Charlie Whisker. Rick and Julia are also joined by poet, undertaker, and essayist Thomas Lynch to talk about his latest book WHENCE & WHITHER, On Lives and Living.

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MIS le Biddy Jenkinson

Date: Sat 02 March

Time: 4.00pm

Venue: Danlann an Chlair

Price: €10 /€8

Tá an ócáid seo trí Ghaeilge

This event is through Irish

Athinsint ar rómáns meánaoiseach é Mis de chuid Biddy Jenkinson, tour-de-force amach is amach. Téann Mis, iníon le Dáire Déadgheal, le gealaigh nuair a thagann sí ar chorp a hathar ar pháirc an áir i ndiaidh Chath Fionntrá. Caitheann sí trí chéad bliain ar Shlibh Mis i gCiarraí agus i beo ar shlad is ar chanablacht, dochar mór á dhéanamh aici don dúiche. Dála Shuibhne Geilt, gabhann sí cruth éin chuici féin, an crotach, an spideog, an charóg liath, an colm bán. Gealtachas, foréigean, gnéas agus greann, saothar mealltach mistéireach. Cruthóidh Enda Reilly, cumadóir agus giotáraí, cúlra ceoil don údar le haghaidh an léimh bheo seo agus cruthóidh Margaret Lonergan íomhánna scanrúla ar scáileán.

Mis by Biddy Jenkinson is a tour-de-force retelling of an Irish medieval romance. Mis, the daughter of Dáire Déadgheal, goes mad when she finds her father’s body on the battlefield after Cath Fionntrá (The Battle of Ventry). She then spends three hundred years, to the great harm of the land, surviving on plunder and cannibalism on Sliabh Mis in Kerry. Like Mad Sweeney, she takes the form of birds – curlews, robins, scald crows, and white doves. Biddy will read Mis to a live musical backdrop created by composer and guitarist Enda Reilly and screen projections by Margaret Lonergan.

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Sarah Davis-Goff, Anne Griffin, Caoilinn Hughes: Debut Authors Event

Date: Sat 02 March

Time: 6pm

Venue: Temple Gate Hotel

Price: €10 / €8

Don’t miss this trinity of sparkling debut novelists.

Sarah Davis-Goff’s Last Ones Left Alive is the unputdownable debut novel from Sarah Davis-Goff, sure to grip readers of dystopian literary fiction.

Anne Griffin’s When all is said is a novel set at the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town where 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan sits. He’s alone, as usual -though tonight is anything but. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story.

In Caoilinn Hughes’ Orchid And The Wasp an unforgettable young woman navigates Dublin, London and New York, striving to build a life raft for her loved-ones amidst economic and familial collapse.

All three authors will read and discuss their work with novelist Paul Lynch.

This event is kindly supported by Irish Writers Union.

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Elif Shafak in conversation with Seán Rocks

Date: Sat 02 March

Time: 8pm

Venue: glór

Price: €15 / €13

Join us for a stimulating evening with the award-winning novelist, women’s rights activist and inspirational public intellectual and speaker, Elif Shfak. Elif writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 16 books, 10 of which are novels, including the bestselling The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love and her most recent, Three Daughters of Eve. Her books have been published in 48 languages. Elif is also a TED Global speaker.

This event is kindly supported by The Ennis Bookshop.

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Festival Club with Pat O’Connor

Date: Sat 02 March

Time: 10.30pm

Venue: Rowan Tree Café

Price: Free

Join us for some traditional music at the Festival Club at the Rowan Tree Café with Pat O’Connor. Pat is a fiddle player from Feakle in East Clare and his music has the moderate pace and easy flow associated with the East Clare tradition. He is immersed in traditional music and performs at concerts and sessions in America and Japan as well as locally. He gives fiddle playing lessons and has compiled many albums the latest of which ‘Conversation at the Crosses’ is a collaboration with guitar and accordion player Eoghan O’Sullivan, who will join him on the night.

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Sunday 03 March 2019

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The Curious Incident of the Downward Facing Dog: a yoga class for readers and writers

Date: Sun 03 March

Time: 9am

Venue: Ennis Yoga Studio

Price: €12

Novelist Paula McGrath first qualified as a yoga teacher in 1996 and went on to train in and teach Iyengar, Astanga and Shadow Yoga before turning to the sedentary life of writing. This class will guide readers and writers (and anyone who spends long hours at a desk) through some of her favourite slump-countering postures. Suitable for all levels of yoga experience.

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Closing Chapter with Ciana Campbell

Date: Sun 03 March

Time: 9.30 – 10.30am

Venue: Maguire Suite, Old Ground Hotel

Price: Free

Closing Chapters – reflections and readings to remember book club members who have died.

All are welcome to join in an informal gathering on Sunday morning where we will take time to remember book club members who have died. It will be an opportunity to share stories, favourite readings and reflections on their contribution to our book club lives. Please do let us know if you would like a particular reading included.  You can email info@ennisbookclubfestival.com with Closing Chapters in the subject line.

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Sunday Miscellany

Date: Sun 03 March

Time: 11.30am

Venue: glór

Price: €15/€13

Sunday Miscellany comes to EBCF 2019 and glór for a special recording of the iconic Sunday morning radio show. The programme’s new radio essays and occasional poems, interspersed with complementary music, capture our times, passions and curiosities.

With contributions from new and established writers alike, Sunday Miscellany has been a part of Sunday mornings since 1968. It is essential listening to many thousands across Ireland and more around the world. Expect magical readings, and music that will transport you.

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Literary Lunch with Mary Kenny in conversation with Ciana Campbell

Date: Sun 03 March

Time: 1.30pm 

Venue: Old Ground Hotel

Price: €22 (includes lunch)

Join us for a unique lunch of stories, debate, and chat with Mary Kenny. Mary has been a journalist, writer and broadcaster for over four decades. She has written for over 30 newspapers and magazines in London and Dublin and has published many books, including Goodbye to Catholic Ireland and Crown & Shamrock: Love and Hate between Ireland and the British Monarchy. A ‘selective memory’ biography, Something of Myself was published in 2013, and most recently New Island published Am I a Feminist?

This event is kindly supported by The Old Ground Hotel.

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Thrillers: with Tanya Farrelly & Michelle Richmond hosted by Nessa O Mahony

Date: Sun 03 March

Time: 3.30pm

Venue: Old Ground Hotel

Price: €10 / €8

What makes a great psychological thriller? How does a writer make the hearts of their readers’ race? Poet and author of the historical thriller The Branchman, Nessa O’Mahoney asks these questions and more to Michelle Richmond, New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage Pact and Tanya Farrelly, a Kate O’Brien Award winner and author of The Girl Behind the Lens.

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EBCF 2019 Children’s & Young Adult’s Programme

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Teen Week in association with Clare County Library

We’re delighted to be teaming up again with Clare County Library to offer readings and workshops with award-winning poets and young adult authors. Events will take place in glór, De Valera Public Library, Ennis and Kilrush Library.

Please call the venues concerned to book your class group.

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Peadar Ó Guilín – Irish mythology and The Call

Venue: De Valera Library Date: Tue 26 February @ 10am Free

Venue: Kilrush Library Date: Tue 26 February @1.30pm OR 2pc TBC Free

Peadar’s talk is about the wonders of Irish mythology and how it has influenced his latest work, The Call. He tells a few stories along the way and throws in a few of the more interesting words in the Irish language. This event is a short, fun workshop on how to create stories. The Call has won several awards including the CBI Children’s Choice Award and the European Science Fiction Society Achievement Award for Best Work of Fiction.

Suitable for all YA, join Peadar in De Valera Public Library or Kilrush Public Library.

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Sheena Wilkinson & Nessa O’Mahony – On writing historical fiction

Venue: De Valera Library Date: Thur 28 February @ 10am Free

Venue: Kilrush Library Date: Thur 28 February @ TBC Free

Join authors Sheena Wilkinson & Nessa O’Mahony as they discuss family histories, love of history and writing historical fiction.

Growing up in Belfast during the Troubles, with family on both ‘sides’, Sheena Wilkinson was confused about Irish history. Not only was it bloody and complex, but there seemed no place in it for people like her – people who weren’t green or orange, but a mixture.

Not seeing herself reflected in history sent her looking for more untold stories, and that’s what led to her writing Name Upon Name and Star By Star, which together look at the events of World War One, The Easter Rising, The Spanish Flu and women’s fight for the vote.

Sheena will consider the events of those tumultuous years from the perspective of young people,and discuss the challenges and rewards of writing about a hundred years ago for a modern audience.

Nessa O’Mahony says her encounters with history started with the stories that her mother told them in the kitchen of their family home in Dublin. She was a proud Galway woman, and loved to tell them accounts of her childhood in Ballinasloe, and the freedom she’d enjoyed there with her nine brothers and sisters. As Nessa grew older, her stories became a little darker, as she began to tell of her father and mother’s experiences during the War of Independence and the Civil War. But it was only when she was a fully-grown adult, researching family history in a more serious way, that Nessa uncovered the fuller story of her grandfather’s experiences in the three major conflicts of the 20th century: the First World War, The War of Independence and the Civil War.

Students, Transition Years in particular, are encouraged to find out about their own family histories in advance of the workshop.

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Children’s Book Club with Patricia Forde

Venue: De Valera Library Date: Fri 01 March @ 10.30am Free

Join us for the festival’s third Children’s Book Club where Patricia Forde will talk with and take questions from our younger readers about their experience on her novel The Wordsmith.  Ideal for 10-12 year olds.

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Greetings, Heroes! A New Show by Dave Rudden & Graham Tugwell

Venue: glór Date: Fri 01 March @10am Free

Ever wanted to be a wizard? Considered yourself a conjurer? Pictured yourself as a paladin?

Join award-winning authors Graham Tugwell (Everything is Always Wrong, Down Below the Reservoir) & Dave Rudden (Knights of the Borrowed Dark, Doctor Who: Twelve Angels Weeping) in a unique interactive theatre experience where the audience becomes the hero.

Make decisions. Defeat puzzles and monsters.

Create your own adventure and win glory… or face a terrible fate.

No two shows are the same. You make the choices. You write the story.

Suitable for 3rd to 6th classes.

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Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin: A Poetry Reading

Venue: glor Date: Fri 01 March @ 11am Free

The Ireland Professor of Poetry Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin will read from her acclaimed work. She is author of many collections including The Girl Who Married a Reindeer (2001) and The Sun-fish (2010). Suitable for all YAs but especially for Leaving Certificate students.

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Oisín the Brave – interactive story time session

Venue: De Valera Library Date: Sat 02 March @ 10am Free

Join Derek Mulveen who brings the character of Oisín and his great friend Orane to life as they go on a magical adventure to the moon. 

First published in 2012, Oisín the Brave is part of a dual language Irish picture book by husband and wife Derek Mulveen and Michelle Melville.

Ages: 4-7.

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Relaxed Story Time Event – Oisín the Brave in association with Ennis Voices for Autism (E.V.A.)

Venue: Clarecare Date: Sat 02 March @ 11.30am Free

Relaxed Events are intended specifically for people with autism spectrum conditions, language processing, sensory and communication conditions.

They are designed so they can access and enjoy the arts in a stress-free environment.

Events have smaller numbers.  There is a very relaxed attitude to noise and movement and the event runs alongside the engagement of the audience on the day.  There will be access to a separate chill-out space for those who may need a time out of the story time room.

Join author and storyteller Derek Mulveen on an interactive, sensory exploration of the moon as he tells you the story of Oisín and his friend Orane the Dragon.

Derek is currently in training as a teacher in Special Needs and has a wealth of experience of working and engaging with children who engage with stories in their own unique ways.

A Social Story and map of the building are available on the Festival Website for you to download for your child.

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More details at:  www.ennisbookclubfestival.com

Booking via glór Box Office, tel: 065 684 3103 / www.glor.ie

Keep the conversations going: @ebcf; #EBCF2019; FB Ennis Book Club Festival.

The Ennis Book Festival would like to thank its many supporters and partners, including The Arts Council, Clare Council and County Library and RTÉ Supporting the Arts (see www.ennisbookclubfestival.com)

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glór box office 065-6843103

or www.glor.ie

For further information, please contact Sinéad Cahill at 086 8344238 or sineadkinvara@gmail.com

Ennis Book Club Festival acknowledges the financial support given by Clare county council and the arts council of Ireland. 

           


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