The Ennis Book Club Festival aims to promote and celebrate reading. Each year, readers both from Ireland and further afield, come to Ennis to share the joy of reading.
Audiences include avid readers, those who haven’t had the time to pick up a book in some years, those with a keen interest in current affairs, those who are simply looking to be inspired.
Book Clubs and friends gather every year in Ennis to attend the unique events in glór and around the town.
This year some of the main events are:
- 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.
- An intimate 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 Loveand her most recent, Three Daughters of Eve. Her books have been published in 48 languages. Elif is also a TED Global speaker.
- A firm festival favourite – 10 Books never disappoints. This year novelist and yoga-guru, Paula McGrath, will chair our authors’ passionate recommendations. Guest authors are Paul Lynch & Michelle Richmond.
- Join the host of Ireland’s largest online book club, Rick O’Shea, as he discusses novelist Julia Kelly’s moving memoir about her relationship with her late husband 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.
Visit their website on www.ennisbookclubfestival.com for more details on upcoming events.