Impressive line-up for 11th Ennis Book Festival

Impressive line-up for 11th Ennis Book Festival


The 11th Ennis Book Club Festival will take place this year from 3rd to 5th of March.

The annual celebration of book clubs and readers, the Festival will combine a unique mix of readings, discussion, comedy and chat.

Readers travel from all over the country and further afield to gather at this, the only book club festival in the country. But whether you are a member of a book club or not, all lovers of books are invited to gather in Ennis this March.  The programme includes many free events.

Speaking at the time of the programme announcement, Artistic Director Paul Perry said: Audiences in 2017 will be guaranteed their festival favourites – the perennial 10 Books You Should Read, as well as a stellar line up for our Sunday Symposium on Sports & Politics.

2017 is also a year in which we evolve in new directions: we host our first Children’s Book Club, welcome the Laureate for Irish Fiction, The Irish Times and the Rick O’Shea Book Clubs, and we’re delighted to be collaborating with Clare County Library on Teen Week.

Throw into the mix Paul Durcan, Ennis actor and screenwriter Mark O’Halloran, Little John Nee and the arrival of thousands of book club members, and you’re in for something singular in Irish literary culture.”

The 2017 Ennis Book Club Festival will be officially opened on Friday 3 March at the opening of CRUX – A Dialogue in Metal at 5.30pm at glór. This will mark the start of three days where readers can immerse themselves in the world of books, meet authors and other book lovers, discuss and debate. 

Full programme details at:

Booking via Glór Box Office, tel: 065 684 3103 /

Free events do not require booking but readers are advised to come early to avoid disappointment.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.