Organising Team

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Who We Are

Organising Team

The Organising Team for the Festival is made up of a small group of volunteers, supported by a professional artistic director. Our wish is to create a Festival that we ourselves would like to go to, where we can combine our passion for reading with a great weekend away. The Organising Committee is ably assisted each year by many Festival helpers, without whom the Festival would not happen.

Ennis Book Club Festival Committee 2021

Cora Gunter – Chairperson
Cora joined the festival team in 2016 as a volunteer and committee member. Cora's current role is as the link between the Festival & Clare Libraries. Cora also really likes lists so is also involved with both programme compilation and production.

Dani Gill- Artistic Director
Dani is a curator, producer, writer and educator, based in the west of Ireland. She is the national Audience Development Officer for Words Ireland and was the Director of Cúirt International Festival of Literature from 2010-2016. She is passionate about outreach, access to the arts and community development projects. Dani’s first collection of poems was published by Salmon Poetry in 2017 and she has just completed a novel. Her literary hybrid show ‘Mirrors’, was part of the International Literature Festival Dublin, 2019. She writes reviews and features for The Irish Times. She is currently designing a literary tourism model for the west of Ireland in partnership with the Western Development Commission that will include site specific work and installations in 2021.

Michael Conneely
Michael is our Corporate Support Coordinator and has some fifteen years of financial planning experience. He readily admits that he joined the Festival Committee to improve his social life! Michael has been involved with the Festival since 2015/16 and is learning every day!


Nollag MacNamara
Nollag, an avid reader and a member of the very first Clare library Book Club, became a Committee member in 2015 and Treasurer in 2016. She works as a quantity surveyor.

Catherine O'Brien
Catherine previously volunteered with the festival and joined the committee in 2018 to work on the children and young adult programme. 2018 had the EBCF’s first relaxed, inclusive event and Catherine is looking forward to developing this further for 2021. She works with parents of children with special needs.

Ita Lawton
Ita is a serial volunteer whose first adventure was the 2016 Ennis Bookclub Festival and whose new adventure is underway as assistant to Nollag on the accounting side of the committee.

Emily O’Dwyer
Emily has been involved with the festival in various guises since 2007 through her time working with glór, as an attendee and a volunteer. She is most frequently spotted with phone in hand, looking after all things social media for the festival.

Brid Hayes
Bríd is our festival administrator and will be on hand to deal with day-to-day admin and sponsorship.  She formerly worked in Magazine Publishing and advertising and is delighted to be working with the EBCF.

Former Committee Members
The reputation of the Ennis Book Club Festival has been built up over a long number of years by a range of different people who have given freely of their time and dedication to ensure the success of the Festival. Former Organising Committee members include:

Patricia Callaly
Ciana Campbell
Mary Donnelly

Bridget Ginnity
Mary Henchy
Mary Kenneally
Ann Knox

Cathy McDermott
Ruth McDonnell
Emer O'Connell
Frances O’Gorman
Catherine O’Hara
Paula Sheils
Helen Walsh

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