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Trip to Next Year's Book Festival up for Grabs

Clare Champion, Friday, 26th October 2007

The Ennis Book Club Festival and Clare County Library have announced details of an exciting competition offering book clubs and readers an opportunity to win a weekend break at the 2008 Ennis Book Club Festival.

The second annual festival will once again bring together hundreds of Book Clubs and readers when it takes place from 29th February to 2nd March 2008. The event, which this year featured newly announced Booker Prize-winning author Ann Enright, will include readings by Joanne Harris, Roddy Doyle, Thomas Lynch and many others. Workshops on understanding fiction, walking tours of Ennis, sessions on organising book clubs and reading lists will also be on offer.

Describing the competition, Frances O’Gorman, Chairperson of the Ennis Book Club Festival Organising Committee explained, “All you have to do is describe your ‘Fantasy Book Club Evening’ - who would make up your ideal book club gathering and what book would you read? You can invite anyone – there are no barriers – Marie Antoinette, Mahatma Gandhi… where would you meet, would it involve a glass of wine or cups of tea….. anything is possible.”

The three winners in each county, as chosen by the festival organisers, will receive two Weekend Festival tickets, kindly sponsored by participating libraries. "This gives admission to most events of the Festival. And the county winners go forward to the National Final and from that one overall winner will be selected,” she explained.

Ms. O’Gorman stated that the national winner would receive a fabulous prize of a weekend break for 6 people to the Ennis Book Club Festival (2 nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast/shared room basis). The prize is sponsored by John Treacy, International Education Services, Leixlip.

“So get writing… and next year you could be in Ennis sharing a joy of reading, meeting authors, discussing books and having a weekend break with friends in one of Ireland’s most beautiful towns”, urged Ms. O’Gorman.

The competition is open to anyone over 18 years of age. Entry forms and further details are now available from your local branch of Clare County Library. Entries should be under 500 words, preferably typed, and should be returned to your local library by 30th November 2007.

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