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Book 5 Key Events for €55 

Ennis Book Club Festival’s Christmas offer is back this year and will make a great gift for readers and booklovers alike.  Under the guidance of the festival’s Artistic Director Martina Durac, the team have been busy putting together a vibrant programme of events for EBCF 2024, which takes place from Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd March. 

As part of the 5 for €55 Christmas offer audiences will get to enjoy the following 5 key events taking place as part of EBCF 2024: Claire Kilroy and Sinéad Gleeson in conversation with Edel Coffey, (Friday  1st   March, Templegate Hotel); Denise Mina, Andrea Mara and Doug Johnstone discuss crime fiction with Andrea Carter; (Friday 1st  March, glór); Michael Magee, Lauren Mckenzie & Colin Barrett talk about writing your first novel with Peter Murphy, (Saturday 2nd March, glór); in a Saturday night special event Pulitzer-nominated writer, Rebecca Makkai joins Belinda McKeon in conversation, (Saturday 2nd March, glór) and the ever popular Sunday Symposium returns, this year exploring the theme Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: A crisis of imagination?(Sunday 3rd March, glór). 

Claire Kilroy and Sinéad Gleeson will join in conversation with Edel Coffey to talk about the creative work they’re each drawn to and its inspirations. Claire Kilroy returns with her first novel in 10 years, Soldier Sailor, a beautifully immersive foray into the chaotic early years of motherhood. Sinéad Gleeson, essayist and journalist, whose soon-to-be released debut novel, Hagstone, draws us deep into the power of folklore, landscape and the feminine. 

EBCF has assembled a stellar line-up for the crime fiction event, overseen by Andrea Carter, herself a writer of note. Described as “crime-writing royalty”, Denise Mina has published many fine novels, with rich storytelling and a clear seam of social history running through them. Doug Johnstone’s work is varied and touching, with a series of books that brim with wit and tenderness, whilst Andrea Mara has always had “dark stories rattling around” in her head and she’s had great success turning them into layered and unsettling thrillers. 

In Writing your First Novel, three authors chat about their experiences of writing their debut novels. Michael Magee has created a vivid and complex world of a young man trying to find his place in the world with his first novel, Close to Home. In Couples, Lauren Mackenzie explores what keeps the heart beating in our loving, close relationships when life takes an unexpected turn. With Wild Houses, from the acclaimed short-story writer Colin Barrett, we are in a world where outsiders collide, and unexpected events bring chaos. Peter Murphy, novelist and musician, steers this trio through what will surely be an absorbing discussion.

On Saturday evening, EBCF is delighted to welcome Chicago-based writer Rebecca Makkai to Ennis for an in-depth conversation with Belinda McKeon. In her extraordinary book, The Great Believers, Makkai delivered an enthralling and emotionally riveting story about what it’s like to live during times of crisis. Rebecca’s books fizz with piercing wit and humour, great characterisation and complex plots. This will be a riveting conversation with Belinda McKeon, also an acclaimed novelist and non-fiction writer.

The final event in the 5 for €55 is the ever popular and hugely entertaining Sunday Symposium, this year focusing on poverty. While most of us don’t want to think about or ever experience it, poverty is a very real part of life in Ireland. Join writer and broadcaster Justine McCarthy along with lecturer and commentator Dr Rory Hearne whose work explores housing rights and inequality, for a timely and necessary debate about what we mean when we talk about poverty and how can we change the narrative. They will be joined by two other guests for a lively and challenging event.

Tickets on sale from Monday 11th December.
A limited number of 5 for €55 events can be booked online or by phone or in person at glór Box Office or online at www.ennisbookclubfestival.com. The 5 for €55 package offer runs until Friday December 29th.
A booking fee applies.