Friday, 13 March 2009

Ennis Considered Perfect Location for Book Club Festival

The 2009 Ennis Book Club Festival, in association with Clare County Library, has just ended for another year. Hundreds of literary enthusiasts gathered in Ennis from 6th – 8th March for the third annual event which featured well-known writers such as John Connolly, Mark O’Halloran, Gerard Stembridge, Peter Cunningham, Jennifer Johnston and many more. The festival was deemed to be a resounding success and both festival goers and authors thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Highlights of the weekend included “The Trial of Oscar Wilde” which took place at Ennis Courthouse and which was full to capacity; the Sunday Symposium in Glór where a panel of speakers, Terry Prone, Michael D. Higgins, Gerry Adams and Conor O’Clery treated the packed audience to an entertaining and informative discussion on “Reading Politics”; and John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, along with UK based writer Salley Vickers in an interview with Rachael English. The programme included very popular workshops on reading novels and poetry, tips for book clubs and recommended reading lists. As in previous years, many visitors commented on the town of Ennis as a perfect location for a festival such as this, on the excellent venues, and on the warm welcome they received.

Dates for the 2010 festival have been set from 5th – 7th March.

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