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Ennis Book Club Festival 2008
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Contributors will include British author Joanne Harris, who wrote the best seller ‘Chocolat’; Roddy Doyle, a Dublin dramatist, screenwriter and award winning author of ‘The Commitments’, ‘The Snapper’ and ‘The Van’; Hugo Hamilton, winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature; Morgan Llywelyn, an esteemed author of historical fantasy, fiction and non-fiction books; Dermot Bolger, the author of eight novels and winner of the Samuel Beckett Award; and Nuala O Faolain, Irish Times columnist and author of ‘Are You Somebody?’
Other festival participants will include Neven Maguire, an award winning celebrity chef; Lorna Landvik, actor, playwright and author of the best selling novels ‘Patty Jane's House of Curl’ and ‘The Tall Pine Polka’; Thomas Lynch, a Michigan-based essayist and poet; Meda Ryan, historian and author of ‘Tom Barry: IRA Freedom Fighter’; bilingual writer Nuala Ní Chonchúir; West of Ireland-based author David Rice; and poet Mary O’Donnell.
Besides various workshops and readings by the principal participants, the Festival’s programme of events will include workshops on how to set up and maintain book clubs; two presentations by Trinity College Dublin lecturer Dr. Darryl Jones on the work of Jane Austen; a presentation on the papers of Maurice Walsh (author of the Quiet Man) by archivist Martin Morris; a poetry session and CD launch by the Clare Three-Legged Stool Poets; the story of the West Clare Railway by famed folklorist Eddie Lenihan; and a speed dating-style networking session for book club members to get to know one another and exchange views.
Elsewhere, there will be a presentation entitled ‘10 Books You Must Read’ by Ms. Marion Coy, Director of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology; a walking tour of the historic streets and buildings of Ennis; a talk by University of Limerick English lecturer Dr. Michael Griffin on the 18th century Ennis poet Thomas Dermody; a talk on the 19th century’s most famous folk healer, Feakle-native Biddy Early; and an ‘Author Identification Parade’ fun competition featuring author effigies designed and constructed by local artist Jean Regan.
Kate Bateman of the School of English and Drama and the School of Education and Lifelong Learning in UCD will host a workshop entitled ‘How to Read a Novel’. ‘How to Read Poetry’, meanwhile, is the title of poet Mary O’Malley’s workshop where she will share valuable insights into exploring poetry.
Irish language readings will be also held to mark Seachtain na Gaeilge 2008, while RTE’s Rachael English and broadcaster/journalist Caimin Jones will chair the Festival’s two main symposiums.
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Draft Programme: Ennis Book Club Festival 29th February – 2nd March 2008
Friday 29th February
Sunday 2nd March