The Beyond Borders Book Club at Ennis festival

The Beyond Borders Book Club at Ennis festival


Sarah Clancy, Ifeoma Ugwueru, Malgorzata Buchalik, Carlos Navotska and Margreat Khalil at the event launch – Photo: Eamon Ward

The Ennis Book Club Festival has confirmed plans to introduce The Beyond Borders Book Club.

A spokesperson explained: “Ennis Book Club Festival loves books and loves talking about them even more. We are also aware that County Clare is a very diverse county with the latest figures showing that 9.5 percent of people resident in Clare are from outside Ireland and that there are many more people again who hold dual nationality.”

“Ennis Book Club Festival prides itself on being a welcoming festival where members of book clubs from all around the country gather and enjoy the pleasure of literature and books in an informal and relaxed environment.

Ennis Book Club Festival would like to make sure that this welcome is extended to people from other countries and backgrounds who live in Clare and so how best to do it? We are hoping the Beyond Borders Book Club might be just the thing and of course, we’ll get to hear about some great books from other places and culture,” the spokesperson added.

How does it work?

The Beyond Borders Book Club will take place one evening per week for the next four weeks in Rowan Tree Café and will finish in a grand finale event at Ennis Book Club Festival on Sunday March 4th. Each event will be chaired by Clare based poet and community worker Sarah Clancy.

Beyond Borders Book Club Event Details

Venue:  Rowan Tree Café Bar

Time:  8.00 pm

Day:  Thursdays

Dates: 11, 18, 25 January & 01st February

The Beyond Borders Book Club at Ennis Book Club Festival will take place

3.30 pm on Sunday 04 March in the Temple Gate Hotel.

The first presenter is Margreat Khalil from Egypt. She will discuss Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz next Thursday 11/01/18

Margreat is from Egypt. She loves reading books. She is grateful to her parents who encouraged her to love reading when she was very young. She studied Arabic and English literature at school and university in Egypt. She has a deep passion for music and reading. Every time she reads a book, she just enters a new world full of people who she would love to know.

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.