Wednesday, 25 October 2017


The annual Ennis Book Club Festival will back from 02-04 March 2018

Ennis Book Club Festival 02-04 March 2018

The annual Ennis Book Club Festival is back from 02-04 March 2018. Just 18 weeks to go! Time to plan that spring journey to Ennis for our annual feast of reading and friendship at Ireland's only dedicated Book Club Festival.

We've lots of exciting plans in the pipeline, which we'll unveil over the coming weeks as they are confirmed. To be the first in the know, make sure to follow us on Facebook andTwitter and register for our monthly newsletter on:

To kick-start the 2018 countdown, this October issue contains:

Look forward to seeing you in Ennis in 2018!  # EBCF2018

Ennis Book Club Festival Extra Event In Photos

See below a selection of photographs from Ennis Book Club Festival first ever Extra event – Roddy Doyle in conversation with Sinead Gleeson.

Book Your Festival Accommodation Early!

Book your Festival weekend accommodation early and avail of the following Early Bird Accommodation rates at our Ennis hotels.

Auburn Lodge Hotel: +353 65 682 1247

  • 2 nights B&B and 1 Evening Meal:
    (2nd March 2018 x 2 nights or 3rd March 2018 x 2 nights)
    1 person €99 / 2 people €170 / 3 people €255
  • 3 nights B&B and 1 Evening Meal: (2nd March 2018 x 3 nights)
    1 person €140 / 2 people €240 / 3 people €350
  • 1 nights B&B: (Saturday 3rd March 2018):
    1 person €79 / 2 people €95 / 3 people €119
10% Discount on the above prices if booked before 22nd December 2017.

Old Ground Hotel: +353 65 682 8127

  • 1 night B&B @ €120 single occupancy;
    €145 twin / double occupancy
  • 2 nights B&B and 1 Evening Meal @ €159 pps
One complimentary room booking for group bookings @ €159 pps rate of 10 bedrooms or more.

Temple Gate Hotel: +353 65 682 3300

  • €120 per night based on a 2 night stay or
    €135 on a 1 night stay (Room rate valid until 23 December 2017)

Hotel Woodstock: +353 65 689 9800

  • €90 B&B double/twin room
  • €75 B&B single room 

Treacys West County Hotel: +353 65 686 9600

  • Two Nights Bed & Breakfast with 1 Dinner on an evening of the guests choice priced at €99 per person sharing. A single supplement of €20 applies and therefore priced at €119 for single occupancy.

Be sure to quote Ennis Book Club Festival when making all bookings!

Man Booker Winner

George Saunder's Lincoln in the Bardo was announced as 2017 The MAN Booker winner yesterday. We are really looking forward to reading this!

Ennis Book Club Festival Recommends

'One of the year's most arresting, humbling and acute memoirs. It is a catch-in-the-throat, life-affirming work that you want to gulp down in one and recommend to all your friends. Fitzmaurice tells her story in sparkling prose that is as sinewy as her new sea-strengthened body, and as admirable and boundless as her spirit' Sunday Times

Ruth's tribe are her lively children and her filmmaker husband, Simon, who has Motor Neurone Disease and can only communicate with his eyes. Ruth's other 'tribe' are the friends who gather at the cove in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, and regularly throw themselves into the freezing cold water, just for kicks.

'The Tragic Wives' Swimming Club', as they jokingly call themselves, meet to cope with the extreme challenges life puts in their way, not to mention the monster waves rolling over the horizon. Swimming is just one of the daily coping strategies as Ruth fights to preserve the strong but now silent connection with her husband. As she tells the story of their marriage, via diagnosis to their current precarious situation, Ruth also charts her passion for sea swimming – culminating in a midnight swim under the full moon on her wedding anniversary.

An invocation to all of us to love as hard as we can, and live even harder, I Found My Tribe is an urgent and uplifting letter to a husband, family, friends, the natural world and the brightness of life.

Ruth will be speaking at the 2018 Ennis Book Club Festival, and it's always great when your book club has read some of the author's work.

Copyright © 2017 Ennis Book Club Festival, All rights reserved.
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 their love of all things book related. The Festival includes author readings, discussions, workshops and walking tours through the historic streets of Ennis. Over the past ten years, the Festival has become synonymous with quality programming, vibrant discussion and, most importantly, sheer 'good fun' in the Friendliest Town in Ireland.

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Ennis Book Club Festival
36 Willsgrove
Cahercalla Road
Ennis, Co Clare

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