This live event has taken place but tickets are available to view the events on demand. Please click the book link to buy a ticket.
This event will be available to view online from Wednesday 15th at 6pm. Tickets are €5 and the event will be available to watch for 48 hours from booking.
Writer and artist Sara Baume covers wide ground in this spellbinding audio-visual essay: Sunday Mass and sea swimming; bird alphabets and stone collecting; Goya and Monet; the Stations of the Cross and the Sacred Heart of Jesus; bedrooms and bedsits; insomnia and parental love. Ultimately, it’s about our obsessions and passions – the multitude of rituals that fill our daily lives with meaning.
Baume’s new essay is inspired by four short documentaries depicting artists at work on land and sea. These films are included in the show, and focus on visual artists Gary Coyle and Laura Fitzgerald and musician Natalia Beylis. A live soundtrack is performed throughout by musicians Irene Buckley and Elaine Howley.
The Alphabet of Birds is the second stage show from arts magazine and production company Holy Show.
Sara Baume grew up in County Cork. She has been published in anthologies, newspapers and journals such as the Irish Times, the Guardian, The Stinging Fly and Granta magazine. She has won the Davy Byrne’s Short Story Award, the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, the Rooney Prize for Literature, an Irish Book Award for Best Newcomer and the Kate O’Brien Award. Her debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and many other awards.
Watch On Demand
Watch a recording of the September 11th event at your leisure.
Available to buy online from Saturday 19th September – Saturday 26th September
Event will be available to view for a period of 48 hours from purchase.
Welcome to Ennis Book Club Festival 2021!
We have been on a journey, and now get to share that journey with you.
We hosted several online events in March, which are still available to view on the March events page, and we are looking forward to an exciting day of events on September 11th, for which tickets will be available in due course.
Should you wish, you can make a donation at your discretion to the festival, through our Donations page.
Thank you for your ongoing support of Ennis Book Club Festival. Whether you are attending events, commenting on our social media, or spreading the word about the festival, it is all a great help to us. We really hope that you enjoy what we have to offer this year.
Ennis Book Club Festival acknowledges the support of the Arts Council of Ireland, Clare County Council, Clare County Library, Creative Ireland and all of our sponsors, in making the festival happen.
Books by festival contributors may be purchased from Ennis Bookshop.