The Ennis Book Club Festival will be taking place in multiple venues around the town of Ennis, Co. Clare from 6-8 March, with enjoyable events such as debates, workshops, poetry readings, theatre, music, quizzes and walking tours.
Beginning as a small, local group of volunteers who realised there was a need for a new literary and social event to replace the waning Ennis October Arts Festival, the Ennis Book Club Festival was born with a focus on readers and book lovers, and meeting each reader’s different expectations. The Festival’s aim is to promote and celebrate reading by sharing the joy produced by it.
A wide variety of writers and speakers, both new and old, such as Roddy Doyle, John Banville, Ann Enright, and Lisa Mclnerney will be attending. Writers and artists, local, national and international, have all contributed greatly to the festival and remains a strong feature of it. There are also events aimed at young people and children so you can bring the family, such as What’s Your Everest? With John Burke for the teens and The One with the Waggily Tail: Rhymes, Games and Craft with Sarah Webb for children of 4-7.
Many of the events require a booking or ticket, which are a small price to pay to enlarge your scope of literature. The Books Ireland events calendar has information regarding location and contacts.
Here are some of the events that will take place:
- Book Making Workshop: Simply Sewn Books (March 6, 11:00 am/2:00 pm)
- Metamorphosis – Art & Writing (March 6, 2:00 pm)
- Wine Tasting (March 6, 2–7 pm)
- Books and Buns: The Book Quiz (March 7, 10:00 am)
- Ten Books You Should Read (March 7, 11:00 am)
- Clare Youth Theatre: Don’t Judge a Book by the Cover (March 7, 1:00 pm)
By Alex McKenna