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Ennis Book Club Festival presents The Sunday Symposium


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€16/€14. Conc. + €1 Booking fee

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With Justine McCarthy, Dr. Rory Hearne and others

While most of us don’t want to think about or ever experience it, poverty is a very real part of life in Ireland. Join us for a timely and necessary debate about what we mean when we talk about poverty and how can we change the narrative. In this discussion, we will be looking at how poverty affects people’s lives, from housing to education, welfare, working, to the challenges of accessing culture and art. What does it mean to have an open and healthy civic society where voices are heard and encouraged? A social contract that includes everyone. Is there a poverty of imagination at play in how we are governed? Does the state fully appreciate the cultural impact of poverty in all its forms? Amongst our guests will be writer and broadcaster Justine McCarthy (An Eye On Ireland) whose work has long shone an acute eye on many parts of the social fabric of the country. She will be joined by Dr. Rory Hearne, a lecturer and commentator whose work explores housing rights and inequality and the changing nature of the welfare state. He has been vocal about the absolute need to deal with housing as a matter of urgency. They will be joined by two other guests and we anticipate a lively and challenging event.

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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.

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