If you have difficulty finding a book club near you to join, or find it difficult to make time for book club meetings, there are now several online book clubs looking for new members. We list several here – if you know of more, do let us know!
Book Clubs Ireland is a website being developed by Neil Mount of Galway Print Publishing as a free resource centre for book clubs and readers throughout Ireland. Neil is aiming to create a list of book clubs so if you are in one, let him know!
Bord Gais Energy Book Club
They say ‘ we at Bord Gáis Energy love books… we love reading and the world that reading opens up to us all. As our lives get busy and demanding, it’s often easy to forget to make time for yourself and lose yourself in a good book. We want to make it easy for you to digest the best books around and we hope our book club gives you some useful hints and tips to re-discover the world that books opens up to you.
The Bord Gáis Energy Book Club will air on Tuesday mornings at 9.35 with more book reviews and content available on the TV3 website.
Belinda McKeon’s debut novel Solace was named as the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year 2011. The public were asked to vote for their favourite title from the list of 10 category winners of the Irish Book Awards announced in November. Widely-praised by reviewers and heavily endorsed by many of Ireland’s established novelists including Anne Enright, Colm Tóibín and Colum McCann, Solace has been described as “a fine example of the modern Irish novel encompassing the breadth of a country and acknowledging an entire generation. In it we feel a young writer carefully negotiating her relationship to her native Ireland and to its literary traditions.”
Club Leabhar is an online Irish language book club. As well as being a member of ClubLeabhar.com, you can take part in the activities of one of the Irish language book clubs throughout the country and abroad. See here for a list.
Dine to read is an online forum for book lovers, offering you the chance to discuss a wide range of book related topics. Our book club is open to everyone with a book interest. All types of books, all types of readers.
Eason Book Club runs through their facebook page which includes for discussions, giveaways, and all the latest news from the world of books! Click on the ‘Discussions’ tab to see what the book-clubbers are talking about!
The Ennis Book Club Festival is a wonderful social and literary gathering bringing together book club members and readers from all over Ireland and beyond. Supported by Clare County Library, the festival includes author readings, discussions, workshops and walking tours through the narrow streets and lanes of Ennis. They offer sessions on running book clubs and advice on reading lists, chocolate tastings, events as Gaeilge and an opportunity to compare notes and meet with other Book Club members.
TV3 Book Club, sponsored by Bord Gáis Energy.