*Sarah Clancy. 

ENNIS BOOK Club Festival’s Beyond Borders Book Club returns this month with an international feel.

Dedicated to exploring literature beyond the Irish shores, the Beyond Borders Book Club invites book lovers, poets, authors and readers who share cultural roots with countries beyond Ireland to share books that are meaningful to them.

Each month a presenter discusses their chosen book with poet and activist Sarah Clancy at the Temple Gate Hotel. Audience members are encouraged to read the books ahead of the events so that they can participate in the discussion. Sarah said, “We’re thrilled to bring together readers who share a passion for exploring literature from around the world. Our aim is to create a welcoming space where diverse voices are celebrated, fostering a sense of community and appreciation for the rich tapestry of global literature.”

This year, the Beyond Borders Book Club will feature literature from India, South Africa, and Greece. The books selected for this series will provide readers with a passport to diverse worlds and perspectives. From the vibrant narratives of India to the rich tapestry of South African stories and the timeless allure of Greek literature, each book promises to be a journey of discovery.

On Wednesday 29th November at 6:30pm, Sree Sen from India discusses The God of Small Things by Arundahti Roy. South Africa’s Nandi Jola dissects We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo on December 13th while Greece woman Natasha Remoundou leads the conversation on Amanda Michalopoulou’s Why I Killed My Best Friend on February 7th.

Chairperson of the Ennis Book Club Festival Committee Niamh O’Donovan explained, “The Beyond Borders Book Club is not just a reading experience; it’s a celebration of the universal language of literature. The series invites readers to embrace the joy of discovering new voices, perspectives, and stories that transcend geographical boundaries”.

Support from Clare Creative Ireland and Clare Libraries for the series was acknowledged by Niamh. She confirmed copies of the three books can be borrowed from local libraries in the county.Ennis Book Club Festival expands literary horizons with new series

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