Organising Team


Who We Are

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 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.

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, 17 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.

Ailish Larkin

As a librarian, a reader, a listener and a big fan of book clubs, Ailish was mightily impressed with the Ennis Book Club Festival when she moved to the town. She’s excited to join the committee this year because, more than ever, she thinks shared experiences of culture and ideas will fortify and sustain us all. Her main area of work will be in production.

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
Mary Donnelly

Bridget Ginnity
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