Saturday, 23 February 2013





1 – 3 March 2013

Hi All,
Ennis book Club Festival Tickets on Sale
Just one week to go.

Tickets for all events in all venues are available at Glór Theatre Box Office
Tel. 065 6843103 or 

Roisin Shortall for the Sunday Symposium on
Power and Corruption

We are delighted that Roisin Shortall TD has accepted our invitation to be on the Sunday Symposium panel.The Sunday Symposium is always a weekend highlight. This year's theme ofPower and Corruption will also be debated by former Government Minister Mary O'Rourke; Brian Lucey, professor of Finance in Trinity College Dublin and a prolific author and commentator on financial and banking issues and by Elaine Byrne columnist with The Sunday Independent and the Irish Expert to the European Commission on corruption. 

Last September Deputy Shortall resigned as Minister of State at the Department of Health and also resigned from the Parliamentary Labour Party. Her resignation follows days of controversy during which she demanded an explanation from Minister for Health James Reilly for his controversial decision to add two towns in his constituency to a priority list for the location of new primary care centres. 

The Sunday Symposium on Power and Corruption takes place in Glór theatre at 10 am on Sunday the 3rd March. 


Our programme is wonderfully varied. It includes fiction, poetry, social comment, literature and drama. We have readings, lectures, workshops, theatre, art exhibitions and lots of chat.

Authors and speakers for 2013 include Marina Lewycka, John Banville, Joseph O'Connor, the BBC's Fergal Keane, Michael Harding, Sean Moncrieff, Conor Brady, Róisín Shortall, Mary O'Rourke, Áine Lawlor, Brian Lucey, Belinda Jack, Michael Smith, Royal Shakespeare Company's Education Department, Elaine Byrne, Tony Curtis, Margaret Hickey, Liz Ryan, Kate Bateman, Pádraic Breathnach, Anne McCabe, Patricia Canning of The Reader Organisation, Ennis Walking Tours, and Clare Three Legged Stool Poets. You will find much to choose from in this year's programme available here.  

Irish Polar Exploration
Illustrated Talk – a great family event

MICHAEL SMITH is a best-selling author who specialises in the history of Polar exploration. He has written eight books, appeared on TV and radio and lectured at venues including Buckingham Palace, National Museum of Ireland, Queens University Belfast, the Royal Geographical Society, the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge and University College Cork. His book An Unsung Hero – Tom Crean was a No 1 best seller and largely responsible for raising awareness about Irish explorers. His books led to a statue of Tom Crean being erected, stage plays and TV documentaries and the story being incorporated into the national curriculum in Irish schools. Michael will give a fascinating illustrated talk on Saturday afternoon in Glór. 

Glór Theatre Box Office
Tel. 065 6843103 or 

Reading Shakespeare

The Royal Shakespeare Company's Education Department will host workshops for the general public during the festival. These workshops will enhance the knowledge and confidence of attendees in accessing Shakespeare's stories, characters and language. Public workshops will run in the Temple Gate Hotel on Saturday the 2nd of March. Numbers are limited so early booking is advised.

The visit of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Education Department is made possible by funding from the Arts Council. The Arts Council participation in the Cultural Programme to mark Ireland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.


Combine your love of reading with a great weekend away! Check out our website for links to accommodation providers offering special festival rates and top class hospitality.



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