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Early Bird Tickets now available for the Ennis Book Club 2019

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Article by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin © 1 December 2018.
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Every March something special happens in Ennis. Readers come together to celebrate their love of books.

Highlights of the much anticipated 13th Ennis Book Club Festival programme are now on sale at glór Box Office with an unbeatable offer for early bird bookers.  An annual celebration of book clubs and readers, the Festival combines a unique mix of readings, discussion, music and chat.

The 2019 Ennis Book Club Festival opens on Friday 1st March with an event entitled The Shoemaker and his Daughter featuring Conor and Zhanna O’Clery talking 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.

A firm Festival favourite, the ever popular 10 Books You Should Read returns with best-selling authors Paul Lynch and Michelle Richmond on Saturday 2nd March, this year chaired by novelist and yoga-guru Paula McGrath. Michelle Richmond’s 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. 10 Books never disappoints!

Also on Saturday, join the host of Ireland’s largest online book club, Rick O’Shea as he talks with novelist Julia Kelly about her moving memoir describing her relationship with her 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, a book from one of our most gifted writers and thinkers about death and the meaning of living.

Saturday night at Ennis Book Club Festival means the welcome and popular return of Seán Rocks. In a unique event, Ennis Book Club Festival presents award-winning novelist, women’s rights activist and inspirational public intellectual and speaker, Elif Shfak in conversation with Seán Rocks. Elif’s books have been published in 48 languages and she is also a TED Global speaker.

On Sunday 3rd March, Sunday Miscellany comes to EBCF 2019 and glór for a special recording of the iconic Sunday morning radio show. 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.

These 5 events are now on sale at glór box office at an early bird price of €55 – a perfect present for the bookworm in your life.

The full programme for the 2019 Festival will be announced shortly, with lots of unique events, new initiatives and a young people’s programme with Clare Library.

More details available here.


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Writing.ie has been developed and is run by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin who founded The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and is Ireland's leading literary scout. Vanessa is represented by Simon Trewin at WME and writes crime as Sam Blake. LITTLE BONES will be published by Bonnier's Twenty7 imprint in May 2016. Vanessa is the Chair of Irish PEN and the Irish and Eurozone Adviser to the international organisation The Alliance of Independent Authors.

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