Organising Team



Organising Team

The Organising Team for the Festival is made up of a 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

Niamh O'Donovan - Chairperson

Niamh is a librarian and avid reader who wants to make reading for pleasure a central part of everyone’s day. She has a particular interest in books for children and young people and loves exploring new ways to bring literature and art to people of all ages.

Martina Durac - Artistic Director

Martina has been a documentary film maker, curator, designer and lecturer for over 25 years. She was the originator and series producer on a long-running weekly books programme on RTÉ called Imprint which featured many memorable interviews with writers such as Eavan Boland, Brendan Kenneally, Joe O’Connor, Gore Vidal, JG Ballard, Doris Lessing, Maeve Binchy, Richard Ford and many more. CLICK FOR MORE information on Martina’s background.

Emer Bowen

Emer is a librarian with Clare County Library service, is an avid reader and loves introducing children to books and the library. She has established book clubs and took them online
during lock down.
When the opportunity presented itself, she
jumped at the chance to volunteer and is looking forward to the challenges (and fun) of being part of the committee.

Angela Connaughton

Having worked in glór from 2007 to 2015, Angela saw and admired the Festival growing from strength to strength and was delighted to join the Committee in September 2020. She is hoping that her experience with the Arts, 18 years of Bookclub membership and a previous life in Accounting will be of benefit to the role of Treasurer and to the Committee/Festival, generally.

Bríd 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.

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.

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 > Michael Connelly > Aidan Courtney > Fíona De Buitléir > Mary Donnelly > Bridget Ginnity > Cora Gunter > Mary Henchy > Mary Kenneally
> Ann Knox > Ita Lawton > Nollag MacNamara > Cathy McDermott > Ruth McDonnell > Catherine O’Brien > Emer O’Connell > Frances O’Gorman > Catherine O’Hara > Paula Sheils > Helen Walsh