Members of the festival organising committee at the launch.

Members of the festival organising committee at the launch.

Man Booker Prize nominee Niall Williams, former politician Des O’Malley, Eason Novel of the Year winner Mary Costello, crime novelists Val McDermid and Paul Carson, and multi award-winning short story writer Colin Barrett will join a host of internationally renowned figures at the Ennis Book Club Festival 2015 in Co. Clare from March 6th-8th.

The 2015 programme was launched on Tuesday, 20th January 2015 and features author visits, readings, lectures and workshops in various venues.

Supported by Clare County Council and Clare County Library, the three-day programme of events is expected to attract an estimated 3,000 book club members and literary enthusiasts from all over Ireland, Europe and North America.

The theme of this year’s Sunday Symposium in Glór is ‘The Naked Politician’, which will feature a panel discussion about life as a politician in Ireland today. Panellists include Des O’Malley, former PD leader; Professor Gary Murphy, Political Scientist at DCU; Mick Clifford, Correspondent for The Irish Examiner; and Katie Hannon; Political Correspondent for RTE.

This year’s Festival also features a “Literary Lunch” on Saturday and Sunday and will include Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Peter Fallon and Michael Coady. The Sunday lunch features Natasha Fennell and Irish Times journalist Róisín Ingle, co-authors of The Daughterhood.

The Festival will be officially opened on Friday 6th March followed by Catalpa, performed by actor Donal O Kelly.

“The Festival will not only serve and reflect the reading passions of many in the country, but will provide a significant boost to the local economy,” commented Cllr. John Crowe, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council.

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